Physics - BS, Astrophysics Track

The BS-PHYS, Astrophysics track will provide you with a solid foundation in basic physics combined with knowledge of fascinating astrophysical objects and phenomena. It will prepare you for graduate studies in Astronomy, Astrophysics, and related fields. You will also learn quantitative problem-solving skills, experimental research skills, and expertise in computer simulations that are highly valued in any field and any industry. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 107
CHEM 117
General Chemistry for Engineering Students
and General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1
4
ENGL 104
Composition and Rhetoric
or Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
3
MATH 171 Calculus I 1 4
PHYS 101 Freshman Physics Orientation 1 1
American history 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
MATH 172 Calculus II 1 4
PHYS 206
PHYS 226
Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science
and Physics of Motion Laboratory for the Sciences 1
4
American history 2 3
Language, philosophy and culture 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
MATH 221 Several Variable Calculus 1 4
MATH 308 Differential Equations 1 3
PHYS 207
PHYS 227
Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory for the Sciences 1
4
PHYS 221 Optics and Thermal Physics 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
ASTR 314 Survey of Astronomy 3
PHYS 225 Electronic Circuits and Applications 3
PHYS 309 Modern Physics 1 3
PHYS 331 Theoretical Methods for Physicists I 1 3
Communication 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
ASTR 320 Astrophysical Research Methods 3
PHYS 302 Advanced Mechanics I 3
PHYS 304 Advanced Electricity and Magnetism I 3
PHYS 332 Theoretical Methods for Physicists II 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ASTR 420 Advanced Astrophysical Research Methods 3
PHYS 303
Advanced Mechanics II
or Advanced Electricity and Magnetism II
3
PHYS 327 Experimental Physics I 4 2
PHYS 328 Experimental Physics II 4 1
PHYS 412 Quantum Mechanics I 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
ASTR 291
Research 5
or Research
3
ASTR 401 Stars and Extrasolar Planets 3
PHYS 408 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 4
Creative arts 2 3
General elective 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ASTR 403 Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology 3
Social and behavioral science 2 3
Science or technical elective 7 3
General electives 6 7
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours120