Physics - Astronomy Concentration (B.S.)

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements32
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements78-82
Free Electives7-0
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Physics/Astronomy Required Courses
PHYS 191University Physics I4
PHYS 192University Physics II4
PHYS 198Introductory Physics Seminar1
PHYS 210Intermediate Mechanics3
PHYS 220Oscillations, Waves, and Optics3
PHYS 230Intermediate Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 300Junior/Senior Physics Seminar1
PHYS 320Statistical and Thermal Physics3
PHYS 330Advanced Physics Laboratory4
PHYS 340Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 360Modern Physics3
PHYS 464Quantum Mechanics3
Physics/Astronomy Concentration Courses
Complete 10-11 credits from the following:10-11
Astronomy for Physicists
Observational Astronomy
General Relativity
Complete 6-8 credits from the following:6-8
Fundamentals of Electronics
Advanced Mechanics
Computational Physics
Electronics and Digital Circuits
Modern Optics
Fluid Mechanics
Mathematical Physics
Special Topics in Physics
Nuclear Physics
Solid State Physics
Research or Independent Study in Physics
Applied Probability
Applied Mathematics II
Introduction to Applied Mathematics
Data Science and Statistics
Collateral Courses
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
CHEM 121General Chemistry II4
CSIT 104Python Programming I3
MATH 122Calculus I4
or AMAT 120 Applied Calculus A
MATH 221Calculus II4
or AMAT 220 Applied Calculus B
MATH 222Calculus III4
AMAT 350Applied Mathematics I3-4
or MATH 325 Ordinary Differential Equation
or PHYS 377 Mathematical Physics
Total Credits78-82

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Python Programming I (Fulfilled in the major.)
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled in the major.
Applied Calculus A
Calculus I
I. Natural Science Laboratory
University Physics I (Fulfilled in the major.)
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
Course selected must also satisfy the World Cultures requirement.
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits32

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
AMAT 120 or MATH 1224AMAT 220 or MATH 2214
CSIT 1043PHYS 1924
PHYS 1914PHYS 1981
 15 15
Second Year
CHEM 1204AMAT 350, MATH 325, or PHYS 3773
MATH 2224CHEM 1214
PHYS 2103PHYS 3203
PHYS 2804PHYS 3403
 15 13
Third Year
World Language 13GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3
PHYS 2203GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3
PHYS 2304World Language 23
PHYS 3001PHYS 3603
PHYS 4613Physics Elective3-4
 14 15-16
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
PHYS 3304GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3
PHYS 4643GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies3
PHYS 4803Physics Elective3-4
 Free Elective4-2
 16 17-16
Total Credits 120