Physics B.S. with Astronomy Concentration

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program as well as Fulbright College requirements.

Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area. Students should consult their advisers.

First YearUnits
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
University/State Core US History requirement3  
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
University/State Core Fine Arts or Humanities requirement   3
General Electives  1
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)1  4
Year Total: 14 15
Second YearUnits
PHYS 2094 University Physics III (Fa)14  
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture) (Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603) (Sp, Su, Fa)14  
University/State Core Humanities or Fine Arts requirement (as needed)3  
PHYS 3613 Modern Physics (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  3
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  4
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture) (Sp, Su, Fa)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Year Total: 15 14
Third YearUnits
PHYS/ASTR Group A1,24  
MATH 4423 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations (Sp, Su, Fa)1,23  
PHYS/ASTR Group A or General Elective4  
PHYS 3213 Electronics in Experimental Physics (Odd years, Sp)1,23  
PHYS 3414 Electromagnetic Theory (Sp)1,2  4
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
General Elective or PHYS/ASTR Group A (as needed)  3
General Elective   3
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
Year Total: 14 16
Fourth YearUnits
PHYS 4073 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Fa)1,23  
PHYS 3544 Optics (Fa)1,24  
ASTR 4073 Cosmology (Odd years, Sp)3  
General Electives6  
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar (Sp, Su, Fa)1,2  1
PHYS 4734 Introduction to Laser Physics (Sp)1,2
or PHYS 4773 Introduction to Optical Properties of Materials (Even years, Sp)
ASTR 4013 Astrophysics (Even years, Sp)1,2  3
General Electives  8
Year Total: 16 16
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.


Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.

Group A:

Any PHYS or ASTR classes numbered 3000 or above.