Physics B.A./B.S. with Emphasis in Astrophysics

The emphasis in Astrophysics is designed for students interested in pursuing a career and advanced study in astronomy and astrophysics.  The degree program contains a strong core of physics and mathematics courses which provides the desired breadth and academic rigor to prepare the student for entry into any of the many subfields of modern space-related careers (for example, space science and technology, planetary science, astrobiology, etc.). 

Core Curriculum Courses42
See the Core Curriculum Requirements
Required courses in the major
PHYS 101Physics and Astronomy Seminar1
University Physics I *
PHYS 2426University Physics II4
PHYS 317Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering3
PHYS 319Computational Physics with Python3
PHYS 321Modern Physics3
PHYS 333Wave Motion, Acoustics, and Optics4
PHYS 401Current Topics in Physics and Astronomy2
PHYS 411Classical Mechanics3
PHYS 412Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 414Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory3
PHYS 420Quantum Mechanics3
ASTR 310Observational Astronomy4
ASTR 410Stellar Structure and Evolution3
ASTR 420Galaxies and Cosmology3
PHYS or ASTR or MATH (Advanced) 11
Required Support Courses **
Calculus I (4 hours) *
Calculus II *
MATH 315Differential Equations3
General and Quantitative Chemistry I *
General and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory I *
Second Major or Minor or Electives Required
18-24 semester hours required in second major or minor or electives18-24
Total Hours120-126

 This course should be taken to fulfill Core Curriculum Requirements


 These courses may apply to the second major or minor


  •  MATH 142 Pre-Calculus is required of all students who do not qualify for advanced standing.
  • Suggested second majors include mathematics, chemistry, computer science, and biology. Other choices are possible.
  • Planning for a second major should not be delayed beyond the middle of the sophomore year. A minor in a second subject may be chosen instead of a second major. The choice of mathematics as second major allows for four additional courses to be elective. Many students select minors in both mathematics and computer science.