Academic Programs Catalog

College of Natural Science

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Undergraduate Programs
Astrophysics

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Astrophysics is designed to provide an extensive background in both physics and astrophysics; a student who graduates with this degree may apply for admission to graduate study in either astronomy or physics.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Astrophysics

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Astrophysics.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Astrophysics major is met by completing  3 or 4 credits of Astronomy and Astrophysics 410.  That course is referenced in item 3. b. (1) below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Physics and Astronomy (25 or 26 credits):
    (1) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    BS 110 Organisms and Populations 4
    BS 111 Cells and Molecules 3
    ENT 205 Pests, Society and Environment 3
    MMG 205 Allied Health Microbiology 3
    PLB 105 Plant Biology 3
    PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
    ZOL 141 Introductory Human Genetics 3
    (2) One of the following pairs of courses (7 credits):
    (a) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
    (b) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry  4
    CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry  3
    (3) All of the following courses (15 credits):
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I  1
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 234 Multivariable  Calculus  4
    MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
    b. The following courses in the Department of Physics and Astronomy (38 to 41 credits):
    (1) All of the following courses (29 or 30 credits):
    AST 207 The Science of Astronomy 3
    AST 208 Planets and Telescopes 3
    AST 304 Stars 3
    AST 308 Galaxies and Cosmology 3
    AST 410 Senior Thesis 3 or 4
    PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, I 1
    PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, II 1
    PHY 321 Classical Mechanics I 3
    PHY 410 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3
    PHY 471 Quantum Physics I 3
    PHY 481 Electricity and Magnetism I 3
    The student must enroll in Astronomy and Astrophysics 410 in each of two different semesters for a total of 3 or 4 credits.
    The completion of Astronomy and Astrophysics 410 fulfills the department's capstone course requirement.
    (2) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 183B Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 193H Honors Physics I—Mechanics 3
    (3) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    PHY 184B Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    PHY 294H Honors Physics II—Electromagnetism 3
    (4) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    PHY 215 Thermodynamics and Modern Physics 3
    PHY 215B Thermodynamics and Modern Physics 3