Astrophysics Track

Astrophysics is the science of explaining the universe on large scales.  The astrophysics track is designed for students who do not plan to go to physics graduate school but wish to apply their physics background to the exciting field of astronomy.  

The following is the specification of required courses for completing the physics major following the astrophysics track.

SAMPLE TRACK

First Year: 



 
Fall
Phys113 General Physics & Lab
MATH121 Calculus I, part I
elective
elective
Spring
Phys116 Gen. Phys. II & Lab    
MATH122 Calculus, part II
elective
elective
Sophomore: 



 
Fall
PHYS213 Waves & Oscillations
MATH221 Vectors and Matrices
elective
elective
Spring
PHYS214 Quantum Mechanics I
MATH222 Multivariable Calculus 
PHYS lab
elective
Junior:   Fall
PHYS324 Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS/ASTR elective
PHYS/ASTR elective
elective
Spring
PHYS316 Thermal and Statistical Physics
PHYS/ASTR elective
PHYS lab
elective
Senior:   Fall
PHYS/ASTR elective
elective
elective
elective
Spring
elective
elective
elective
elective



Labs:

Should be taken Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Year. Select two from the following list: 

PHYS 340 Computational Physics
PHYS 342 Optics Lab
PHYS 345 Electronics Lab
        

Electives:

Select any 4 courses from the following list:

PHYS313 Classical Dynamics
PHYS315 Quantum Mechanics II PHYS358 Condensed Matter
PHYS215/217/219 (half-sememster courses considered a single course; two must to be taken if one is taken)


ASTR221 Galactic Astronomy
ASTR224 Exoplanets: Formation, Detection, and Characterization
ASTR231 Stellar Structure and Evolution
ASTR232 Galaxies, Quasars, and Cosmology
ASTR240 Radio Astronomy