Undergraduate Degree - Astrophysics

Program:
Astrophysics
Program Code:
3822 Astrophysics
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
FQ68
Department:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

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



Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Astrophysics, BS (3822)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS17

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201
MTH3: 2 courses
At least 2 courses from MTH103, MTH101, MTH102

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Astrophysics - Biology, Physiology or Genetics
Major - Astrophysics - Biology, Physiology or Genetics: 1 course from BS110, BS111, ENT205, MMG205, PLB105, PSL250, ZOL141

Requirement 12: Major - Astrophysics - Chemistry Pair
Major - Astrophysics - Chemistry Pair: A total 2 courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
CEM141, CEM142
CEM151, CEM152

Requirement 13: Major - Astrophysics - Chemistry Laboratory
Major - Astrophysics - Chemistry Laboratory: 1 course from CEM161

Requirement 14: Major - Astrophysics - Calculus I and II
Major - Astrophysics - Calculus I and II: 2 courses from MTH132, MTH133

Requirement 15: Major - Astrophysics - Multivariable Calculus
Major - Astrophysics - Multivariable Calculus: 1 course from MTH234

Requirement 16: Major - Astrophysics - Differential Equations
Major - Astrophysics - Differential Equations: 1 course from MTH235

Requirement 17: Major - Astrophysics - Science of Astronomy
Major - Astrophysics - Science of Astronomy: 1 course from AST207

Requirement 18: Major - Astrophysics - Planets and Telescopes
Major - Astrophysics - Planets and Telescopes: 1 course from AST208

Requirement 19: Major - Astrophysics - Stars
Major - Astrophysics - Stars: 1 course from AST304

Requirement 20: Major - Astrophysics - Galaxies and Cosmology
Major - Astrophysics - Galaxies and Cosmology: 1 course from AST308

Requirement 21: Major - Astrophysics - Senior Thesis
Major - Astrophysics - Senior Thesis: 1 course from AST410

Requirement 22: Major - Astrophysics - Physics Laboratory for Scientists I and II
Major - Astrophysics - Physics Laboratory for Scientists I and II: 2 courses from PHY191, PHY192

Requirement 23: Major - Astrophysics - Classical Mechanics
Major - Astrophysics - Classical Mechanics: 1 course from PHY321

Requirement 24: Major - Astrophysics - Thermal and Statistical
Major - Astrophysics - Thermal and Statistical: 1 course from PHY410

Requirement 25: Major - Astrophysics - Quantum Physics
Major - Astrophysics - Quantum Physics: 1 course from PHY471

Requirement 26: Major - Astrophysics - Electricity and Magnetism
Major - Astrophysics - Electricity and Magnetism: 1 course from PHY481

Requirement 27: Major - Astrophysics - Physics Sequence I
Major - Astrophysics - Physics Sequence I: 1 course from PHY183, PHY183B, PHY193H

Requirement 28: Major - Astrophysics - Physics Sequence II
Major - Astrophysics - Physics Sequence II: 1 course from PHY184, PHY184B, PHY294H

Requirement 29: Major - Astrophysics - Thermodynamics and Modern Physics
Major - Astrophysics - Thermodynamics and Modern Physics: 1 course from PHY215, PHY215B

Requirement 30: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.

Requirement 31: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 32: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.