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BS in Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics & Astronomy offers Bachelor’s of Science Degree in astronomy & physics, which is the primary degree to prepare students for graduate work in astronomy and astrophysics. The program is characterized by close interactions between faculty members and students.


 

Required Courses:

PHYS 10273,   Intro Astronomy: Earth & Planets
PHYS 10263,   Intro Astronomy: Cosmic Origins
PHYS 10154/20474,   Physics I w/Lab
PHYS 10164/20484,   Physics II w/Lab
PHYS 30493,   Physics III – Modern
PHYS 30113,   Intermediate Astronomy
PHYS 30123,   Observational Astronomy
PHYS 50743,   Astrophysics

MATH 10524,   Calculus I
MATH 20524,   Calculus II
MATH 30524,   Calculus III
MATH 30224,   Linear Algebra
COSC 10503,   Programing Eng/Sci

CHEM 10113,   General Chemistry
CHEM 10123,   General Chemistry w/Lab
OR
CHEM 10113,   General Chemistry
GEOL 10113,   Understanding the Earth
GEOL 30213,   Mineralogy

Plus 12 units of physics selected from the following:

PHYS 30014, Materials Science
PHYS 30553, Mechanics
PHYS 30603, Thermal Physics
PHYS 30703, Digital Electronics
PHYS 30843, Biomedical Imaging
PHYS 40113, Quantum Mechanics
PHYS 40653, Electromagnetic fields
PHYS 40663, Electromagnetic Radiation and Optics
PHYS 50703, Nonlinear Dynamics
PHYS 50713, “Topics” in Physics
PHYS 50723, Solid State Physics
PHYS 50733, Computational Physics
PHYS 50813, Meteorites, Asteroids, and Planets
and either
PHYS 40103, Senior Research
PHYS 40003, Senior Honors Research

BOLD are courses recommended for students planning to attend graduate school

Students planning to attend graduate school should also take:
MATH 50613,   Partial Differential Equations
MATH 50623,   Applied Math I

TOTAL UNITS

Physics & Astronomy   38
Math                                 16
Other                               11
REQUIRED:                   65

TOTAL HOURS:   124


 

Example 4-year schedule for students taking the Astronomy & Physics BS degree track.

 YEAR 1: FALL  YEAR 1: SPRING
 PHYS 10273: Intro Astronomy  PHYS 10283: Intro Astronomy
 PHYS 20474: Physics I w/Lab  MATH 20524: Calculus II
 MATH 10524: Calculus I  PHYS 20484: Physics II w/Lab
 COSC 10503: Programing Eng/Sci  Core Class
 YEAR 2: FALL  YEAR 2: SPRING
 PHYS 30493: Physics III – Modern  MATH 30224: Linear Algebra
 PHYS 30113: Intermediate Astronomy  PHYS Elective
 MATH 30524: Calculus III  GEOL/Core Class
 Core Class  Core Class
 YEAR 3: FALL  YEAR 3: SPRING
 PHYS 30553: Mechanics  PHYS 40113: Quantum Mechanics
 CHEM 10113: General Chemistry  CHEM/GEOL Class
 PHYS 30123: Observational Astronomy  MATH/PHYS Elective
 Core Class  Core Class
 YEAR 4: FALL  YEAR 4: SPRING
 PHYS 40653: Electromagnetic fields  PHYS 50743: Astrophysics
 PHYS 30603: Thermal Physics  PHYS Elective/Research
 Elevtive/Core Class  Elective/Core Class
 Core Class  Core Class