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
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3  
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405)14  
University/State Core US History requirement3  
PHYS 2054 University Physics I (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2034)14  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3
MATH 2564 Calculus II (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2505)1  4
University/State Core Fine Arts or Humanities requirement   3
General Electives  1
PHYS 2074 University Physics II (ACTS Equivalency = PHYS 2044 Lecture)1  4
Year Total: 14 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 2094 University Physics III14  
Select one of the following four-hour lecture/lab combinations4  
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
   
GEOS 1113 General Geology (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lecture)
& GEOS 1111L General 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)
   
MATH 2574 Calculus III (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2603)14  
University/State Core Humanities or Fine Arts requirement (as needed)3  
PHYS 3613 Modern Physics1,2  3
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
MATH 2584 Elementary Differential Equations1,2  4
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
   
GEOS 1113 General Geology (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lecture)
& GEOS 1111L General Geology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lab)
   
GEOS 1133 Earth Science (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1124 Lecture)
& GEOS 1111L General Geology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = GEOL 1114 Lab)
   
Year Total: 15 14
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS/ASTR Group A 1,24  
PHYS/ASTR Group A or General Elective4  
MATH 3083 Linear Algebra3  
PHYS 3213 Electronics in Experimental Physics1,23  
PHYS 3453 Electromagnetic Theory I1,2  3
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
General Elective or PHYS/ASTR Group A (as needed)  3
General Elective   4
University/State Core Social Science requirement  3
Year Total: 14 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
PHYS 4073 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics1,23  
PHYS 3544 Optics1,24  
ASTR 4033 Astrophysics I: Stars and Planetary Systems1,23  
General Electives6  
PHYS 4991 Physics Senior Seminar1,2  1
PHYS 4734 Introduction to Laser Physics1,2
or PHYS 4773 Introduction to Optical Properties of Materials
  4
ASTR 4043 Astrophysics II: Galaxies and the Large-Scale Universe1,2  3
General Electives  8
Year Total: 16 16
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120