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2021-2022 Catalog
Physics: Astrophysics (Bachelor of Science)

Program Description for Physics

Major: Physics Concentration: Astrophysics Degree: Bachelor of Science

Prerequisites (28 credits)


  • CHM 2045 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Lab (1 credit)
    Acceptable substitutes: (CHMX040 and CHMX041) or CHMX045C Students must complete Introduction to Chemistry, CHM1025/L with a "C" or higher to take Chemistry I)


  • CHM 2046 General Chemistry II (3 credits)
  • CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
    Acceptable substitute: CHMX046C


MAC2311 (GM) Calculus I (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitute: MACX281
Prereq: MAC 1147 (Students must complete MAC1105 and Trig or Pre Calc with a "C" or higher to take Calc I)

MAC2312 (GM) Calculus II (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitute: MACX282
Prereq: MAC 2311

MAC2313 (GM) Calculus III (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitute: MACX283
Prereq: MAC 2312


  • PHY 2048C Calculus-based Physics I (4 credits) Students must complete Introduction to Physics, PHY 1028 with a "C" or higher to take Physics I)
  • PHY 2049 Calculus-based Physics II (3 credits)
  • PHY 2049L Calculus-based Physics II Lab (1 credit)

Contextual Courses (12 credits)

AST2002 Discovering Astronomy (3 Credits)

COP2220 Programming I (3 Credits)

ESC2000 Discovering Earth Science (3 Credits)

MAP2302 (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations (3 Credits)

Prereq: MAC 2312

Major Requirements (40 credits)

Courses must be taken in prerequisite order. Electronic approval for courses requiring prerequisites must be obtained each registration. Grades of C or above must be earned in all physics requirements.

PHY1024 Exploring Majoring in Physics (1 Credit)

AST3217 Astrophysics I (4 Credits)

Prereq: PHY2049; Coreq: PHY3101

AST3402 Astrophysics II (4 Credits)

Prereq: AST 3217

PHY3101 Modern Physics (3 Credits)

Prereq: PHY 2049; Coreq: MAC 2313

PHY3101L Modern Physics Lab (1 Credit)

Coreq: PHY 3101

PHZ3113C Mathematical Physics (4 Credits)

Prereq: PHY 2049 and MAC 2313; Coreq: MAP 2302

PHY3220 Classical Mechanics (4 Credits)

Prereq: PHZ 3113C

PHY3424C Optics with Laboratory (4 Credits)

Prereqs: PHY 2049 and MAC 2313

PHY4320 Electricity and Magnetism (4 Credits)

Prereq: PHZ 3113C

PHY3604 Quantum Mechanics (4 Credits)

Prereq: PHZ 3113C

PHY4523 Thermodyn and Statistical Mech (4 Credits)

Prereqs: (PHY 3101 or CHM 4410C) and MAP 2302

PHY4802L Advanced Physics Laboratory (2 Credits)

Prereq: PHY 3101L

PHY4910 Physics Research and Seminar (1 Credit)

Prereq: PHY 3101L

PHY4911 Physics Research and Seminar 2 (1 Credit)

Prereq: PHY 4910

Major Electives (3 credits)


  • PHY 3722C Electronics for Scientists (4 Credits)
  • PHZ 4404 Solid State Physics (3 Credits)
  • PHZ 4160 Adv Topics Physics (4 Credits)
  • PHZ 4303 Nuclear Physics (3 Credits)
  • PHY 4660 Introduction to Quantum Field Theory(3 credits)
  • PHY 4610 Applications of Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)

Free Electives (5 credits)

SELECT 5 HRS (3000/4000 LEVEL)

This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate).