BS in Physics with Emphasis in Astronomy
Degree Program Description
Physics is the science that studies the structure and properties of matter and transformations of energy. With math as the language and experimental verification as a guide, physical study has established the fundamental laws of nature that are the foundation of all natural science and technology. The study of physics includes learning the general principles and the phenomena that have been discovered and developing the skills that enable such knowledge to be advanced through research. An emphasis area in astronomy is excellent preparation also for science teachers, laboratory technicians, computer programmers, and science journalists. It can also serve as the basis for graduate degrees in other fields, such as law or medical school. People with a degree (or background) in Physics with and emphasis in astronomy find jobs in planetariums, science museums, national observatories, national laboratories, federal agencies, universities, business or private industry.
Major Program Requirements
Students interested in astronomy may pursue a BS in Physics with an Emphasis in Astronomy. For this option, students must take the same required courses as the students pursuing a regular BS degree and take all their physics electives in astronomy. One of the 4 required astronomy electives is ASTRON 3010 Introduction to Modern Astrophysics. If successfully completed, the emphasis in Astronomy will be recorded on the student’s diploma.
|ASTRON 3010||Introduction to Modern Astrophysics||3|
|PHYSCS 2800||Undergraduate Seminar in Physics||2|
& PHYSCS 2760
|University Physics I|
and University Physics II
|PHYSCS 3150||Introduction to Modern Physics||3|
|PHYSCS 4060||Advanced Physics Laboratory I||3|
|PHYSCS 4100||Electricity and Magnetism I||3|
|PHYSCS 4120||Introduction to Thermodynamics||3|
|PHYSCS 4800||Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I||3|
|PHYSCS 4810||Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II||3|
& MATH 1700
& MATH 2300
|Analytic Geometry and Calculus I|
and Calculus II
and Calculus III
|MATH 4100||Differential Equations||3|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|MATH 1500^||5||MATH 1700^||5|
|General Education*||3||PHYSCS 2750^||5|
|ENGLSH 1000*||3||General Education*||3|
|MATH 2300^||3||MATH 4100^||3|
|General Education*||3||PHYSCS 4140^||3|
|General Education*||3||General Education*||3|
|PHYSCS 2760^||5||Specialized/Foreign Language||3|
|PHYSCS 4100^||3||PHYSCS 4120^||3|
|ATRON Elective^||3||Math Elective^||3|
|MATH 4500^||3||General Education*||3|
|PHYSCS 4060^||3||Specialized/ Foreign Language*||3|
|Specialized/Foreign Language*||3||ASTRON Elective^||3|
|PHYSCS 4800^||3||PHYSCS 4810^||3|
|ASTRON Elective^||3||PHYSCS 4985^||3|
|ASTRON Elective^||3||ASTRON Elective^||3|
|Total Credits: 113|
Course meets degree program requirements
Course meets University general education and/or campus graduation requirements
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