Physics - Astronomy and Astrophysics Option

Note changes to scheduling:

-ASTR 372 will be taught in spring and should be taken in Sophomore year.

-ASTR 373 will be taught in Fall of even years.

-ASTR 475 will be taught in Fall of odd years.-

-PHSX 435 will be taught as ASTR 476 starting Spring 2023.

Freshman YearCredits
FallSpring
PHSX 240 - Honors Gen & Mod Phys I4  
M 181Q - Honors Calculus I
or M 171Q - Calculus I
4  
University Core and Electives7  
PHSX 242 - Honors Gen & Mod Phys II  4
M 182Q - Honors Calculus II
or M 172Q - Calculus II
  4
Biol, Chem, or Earth Science Electives  4
University Core and Electives  3
Year Total: 15 15
Sophomore YearCredits
FallSpring
PHSX 200 - Research Programs in Physics1  
PHSX 224 - Physics III4  
PHSX 261 - Laboratory Electronics I3  
M 283Q - Honors Multivariable Calculus
or M 273Q - Multivariable Calculus
4  
University Core and Electives3  
PHSX 301 - Introduction to Theoretical Physics  3
M 284 - Honors Introduction to Differential Equations
or M 274 - Introduction to Differential Equation
  4
University Core and Electives  8
Year Total: 15 15
Junior YearCredits
FallSpring
PHSX 320 - Classical Mechanics3  
PHSX 331 - Meth of Computational Physics1  
PHSX 343 - Modern Physics3  
ASTR 372 - Stars and the Milky Way (Galatic Astronomy)3  
PHSX 490R - Undergraduate Research1  
Technical Electives3  
University Core and Electives1  
PHSX 423 - Electricity and Magnetism I  3
PHSX 446 - Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics  3
ASTR 373 - Extragalactic Astronomy (Extra-Galatic Astronomy)  3
Directed Electives  3
University Core and Electives  3
Year Total: 15 15
Senior YearCredits
FallSpring
PHSX 425 - Electricity and Magnetism II3  
PHSX 461 - Quantum Mechanics I3  
ASTR 475 - Observational Astronomy Techniques (Observational Astronomy)4  
PHSX 490R - Undergraduate Research1  
Technical Electives1  
University Core and Electives3  
PHSX 435 - Astrophysics  3
PHSX 499R - Senior Capstone Seminar  1
Directed Electives  3
Technical Electives  3
University Core and Electives  5
Year Total: 15 15
Total Program Credits: 120

The 7 credits of Technical Electives are to be selected from PHSX, ASTR, M, STAT, CSCI, ELEE, and EMEC courses numbered 300 and above. The 6 credits of Directed Electives are to be selected from PHSX 262, PHSX 444, PHSX 451, PHSX 462, M 348, STAT 332, STAT 441, STAT 412, CSCI 347.  Courses can not be double counted for Technical Electives and Directed Electives, but extra Directed Electives can be counted as Technical Electives.  Technical Electives and Directed Electives elective can include no more than 1 credit of  PHSX 494, 3 credits of PHSX 492, or 3 credits of PHSX 490R, Technical Electives and Directed Electives elective can include no more than  4 credits of the combination of PHSX 494PHSX 492, and PHSX 490RPHSX 401PHSX 402PHSX 403, and PHSX 405 can not be counted towards Technical Electives and Directed Electives.  A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.  A student changing majors or with unusual circumstances can substitute PHSX 220 for PHSX 240 or PHSX 222 for PHSX 242 with academic advisor's approval.