May 14, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Physics, B.S.: Astrophysics Concentration


About the Physics: Astrophysics Concentration Bachelor’s Program


The astrophysics concentration is a variation of the professional concentration as is intended for students who have a particular interest in astronomy and astrophysics. In addition to preparing students for possible employment paths associated with the professional concentration, the astrophysics concentration will prepare students to pursue graduate study in astronomy or astrophysics. This concentration has the same mathematics requirements as the professional option and very similar physics course requirements, but it also includes 20 hours of ASTR courses in addition to either PHYS 4312  or PHYS 4350 . Majors in this concentration are strongly encouraged to minor in mathematics and devote time to undergraduate research.

Communication Literacy Requirement. Communication Literacy courses for the physics major (all concentrations) are: PHYS 2305 PHYS 3304 PHYS 3401 , and PHYS 4306 .

Recommended Curriculum


First Year


Fall


Total: 14


Spring


Total: 17


Second Year


Fall


Total: 17


Total: 15


Third Year


Fall


Total: 16


Spring


Total: 16


Fourth Year


Fall


Total: 13


Spring


Total: 12


Total Hours: 120


Astrophysics concentration students are strongly encouraged to minor in mathematics, as assumed in the curriculum above.

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Foreign Language


A student must complete 3 hours at the sophomore level or above in a single language. The prerequisite for all sophomore language courses is proficiency at the freshman level. This proficiency can be determined through credit or by examination. The score attained on the exam will determine whether the student is placed in a second-year course, a 5-hour review course, or in some cases the first or second semester of a beginning (first-year) language course. See Arts & Sciences General Degree Requirements  for further explanation.