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.

University/state minimum core requirements may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute with general electives. Students should consult with their academic advisor.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3  
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)4  
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034)4  
Fine Arts university/state minimum core3  
General Electives1  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505)  4
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture)  4
Humanities university/state minimum core  3
General Electives  1
Year Total: 15 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603)4  
PHYS 2094 University Physics III4  
Select one of the following four-hour science lecture/lab combinations:4  
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab)
   
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab)
   
CSCE 2004 Programming Foundations I
CSCE 2014 Programming Foundations II
BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
& BIOL 1541L Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
or BIOL 1584 Biology for Majors (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
   
GEOS 1113 Physical Geology (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lecture)
& GEOS 1111L Physical Geology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lab)
   
GEOS 1133 Earth Science (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1124 Lecture)
& GEOS 1131L Earth Science Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1124 Lab)
   
or an approved four credit hours of other laboratory-based courses from these departments.
U.S. History university/state minimum core3  
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations  4
PHYS 3613 Modern Physics  3
Select one of the following four-hour lecture/lab combinations  4
CHEM 1103 University Chemistry I (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lecture)
& CHEM 1101L University Chemistry I Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1414 Lab)
   
CHEM 1123 University Chemistry II (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lecture)
& CHEM 1121L University Chemistry II Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1424 Lab)
   
CSCE 2004 Programming Foundations I
CSCE 2014 Programming Foundations II
BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
& BIOL 1541L Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
or BIOL 1584 Biology for Majors (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
   
GEOS 1113 Physical Geology (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lecture)
& GEOS 1111L Physical Geology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lab)
   
GEOS 1133 Earth Science (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1124 Lecture)
& GEOS 1111L Physical Geology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lab)
   
or an approved four credit hours of other laboratory-based courses from these departments.
Social Sciences university/state minimum core  3
General Electives  1
Year Total: 15 15
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
MATH 3083 Linear Algebra3  
PHYS 3544 Optics4  
PHYS/ASTR course numbered 3000 or higher3  
Social Sciences university/state minimum core3  
General Electives2  
PHYS 3453 Electromagnetic Theory I  3
PHYS/ASTR course numbered 3000 or higher  3
Social Sciences university/state minimum core  3
General Electives  6
Year Total: 15 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 4073 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics3  
ASTR course numbered 3000 or higher (choose from ASTR 4033, ASTR 4043, or ASTR 4073) 3  
University Residency Requirement Electives1  
General Electives8  
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar1,2  1
ASTR course numbered 3000 or higher (choose from ASTR 4033, ASTR 4043, or ASTR 4073)   3
General Electives  11
Year Total: 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120