Physics - Astronomy

The astronomy concentration provides a thorough study of astronomy and astrophysics as well as a solid background in physics and mathematics. Graduates from this program have gone on to graduate programs in astronomy and astrophysics while others have found career opportunities at national astronomical observatories.

Bachelor of Arts - Physics; Astronomy Concentration

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 69

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 

Summary

Lower Division Physics Core10
College Physics
Physics with Calculus
Lower Division Astronomy Core4
Upper Division Physics Core12
Upper Division Astronomy Core9
Major Electives12
Physics Electives
Physics Laboratory Electives
Math Requirements16
Computer Science Electives3
Advanced College Writing Requirement3
Total Hours69

Lower Division Physics Core

Rule: Must complete all of the courses in one of the two sequences:

10 Total Credits Required

Physics

Select one of the following Physics sequences:10
Algebra- and Trigonometry-based:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Calculus-based (strongly recommended):
Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc
Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Lower Division Astronomy Core

Rule: Must complete all of the courses in one of the two options:

4 Total Credits Required

Astronomy Core: Option 1

Rule: May complete all of the following courses

ASTR 132NStars, Galaxies, and the Universe3
ASTR 135NStars, Galaxies, and the Universe Lab1
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Astronomy Core: Option 2

Rule: May complete the following course

ASTR 142NThe Evolving Universe4
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper Division Physics Core

Rule: Must complete the following courses

PHSX 301Intro Theoretical Physics3
PHSX 311Oscillations and Waves2
PHSX 343Modern Physics3
PHSX 461Quantum Mechanics I3
PHSX 499Senior Capstone Seminar1
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper Division Astronomy Core

Rule: Must complete the following courses

Note: ASTR 351 and ASTR 362 are recommended as well

ASTR 353Galactic Astrophysics3
ASTR 363Stellar Astr & Astrophys I3
ASTR 365Stellar Ast & Astrophys II3
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Major Electives

Rule: Complete the following subcategories of courses

12 Total Credits Required

Physics Electives

Select three of the following:9
Planetary Science
Classical Mechanics
Optics
Computational Physics
Electricity & Magnetism I
Electricity & Magnetism II
Thermodyn & Stat Mech
Elementary Particle Physics
Quantum Mechanics II
Special Topics
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics Laboratory Electives

Select one of the following laboratory courses:3
Observational Astronomy
Intermediate Physics Lab
Advanced Physics Lab
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Math Requirements

Rule: Complete the following courses

Note: M 317, M 412, and M 418 are recommended as well

M 171Calculus I4
M 172Calculus II4
M 221Introduction to Linear Algebra4
M 273Multivariable Calculus4
Total Hours16

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Computer Science Electives

Select one of the following:3
Intro to Programming
Fund of Computer Science I
Computational Physics (strongly recommended)
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Advanced College Writing Requirement

Rule: Must take the following course

Note: May substitute another advanced writing course as approved by the department chair.

PHSX 330Communicating Physics3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-