Getting Started:  Freshmen Enrollment Guide

For new students, the primary concern is getting enrolled.  Here is a quick overview of how to assess where you are at and which courses you should enroll in....

What classes do I enroll in to start my Astrophysics major?
What math class should I enroll in?
What calculus series should I take?
When should I take math?

What classes do I enroll in to start my Astrophysics major?

Students begin with math and physics. Students must begin with the PHYS 5 series in the fall in order to stay on track.  Using the following information, students should prioritize their enrollment in math and physics courses.  Remember, all courses for your major must be taken for a letter grade, see our Letter Grade Policy.

What math class should I enroll in?

Take the Mathematics Placement.  Your score will determine which math course you can enroll in.  

Which calculus series should I take?

UCSC offers several calculus sequences.  MATH 19AB or 20AB are recommended options for physics majors.

MATH 19 series, Calculus for Science, Engineering, And Mathematics: (sentence about the 19 series?)  The most common series for physics majors.

MATH 20 series, Honors Calculus: (sentence about the 20 series?)

Your AP Calculus test score may exempt you from taking one or more of the calculus courses, see our Advanced Placement Credit page for more information.

When should I take math?

You should take math in your first quarter.  Reference these sample academic plans and your math placement score to determine which sample plan is appropriate for you:

Astrophysics BS Freshmen Academic Plans