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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics - Astronomy/Astrophysics Concentration BS Four-Year Plan

First Year
CHEM 103 - General Chemistry  and CHEM 133 - General Chemistry Laboratory    CISC 106 - General Computer Science for Engineers  
MATH 241 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus A  or MATH 231  and MATH 232   ENGL 110 - First-Year Writing  
PHYS 169 - Perspectives on Physics and Astronomy   MATH 242 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus B  
PHYS 207 - Fundamentals of Physics I  and PHYS 227 - Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory I   PHYS 208 - Fundamentals of Physics II  and PHYS 228 - Fundamentials of Physics Laboratory II  
First Year Seminar PHYS 209 - Aspects of Modern Physics  
Breadth Requirement (1/6)  
Credits: 17 Credits: 17
Second Year
MATH 243 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus C   MATH 302 - Ordinary Differential Equations  or MATH 351 - Engineering Mathematics I  
MATH 349 - Elementary Linear Algebra  or the choice of MATH 342 - Differential Equations with Linear Algebra II  or MATH 352 - Engineering Mathematics II   PHYS 309 - Physics of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries  
PHYS 211 - Oscillations and Waves   PHYS 333 - Fundamentals of Astrophysics  
PHYS 310 - Introduction to Thermal Physics   Foreign Language or Computer Science Requirement (CISC 210  recommended) (1/3)
Breadth Requirement (2/6) Breadth Requirement (3/6)
Credits: 16 Credits: 15
Third Year
PHYS 424 - Quantum Mechanics I   PHYS 313 - Physical Optics  
Foreign Language or Computer Science Requirement (CISC 220  recommended) (2/3) PHYS 419 - Classical Mechanics I  
Breadth Requirement (4/6) (Multicultural) Breadth Requirement (5/6)
PHYS 403 - Electricity and Magnetism I  or PHYS 603 - Electricity and Magnetism I Breadth Requirement (6/6)
Free Elective (1/6) (MATH 503 recommended) Free Elective (2/6) (MATH 535 recommended)
Credits: 15 Credits: 16
Fourth Year
PHYS 468 - Introduction to Research  (DLE/Capstone) PHYS 460 - Computational Methods of Physics  (Second Writing Requirement)
PHYS 469 - Observational Astronomy   PHYS Astrophysics Upper-level requirement** (2/2)
PHYS Astrophysics Upper-level requirement** (1/2) Free Elective (4/6)
Foreign Language or Computer Science Requirement 260-level or higher (3/3) Free Elective (5/6)
Free Elective (3/6) Free Elective (6/6)
Credits: 15 Credits: 13
Total Credits: 124
     * Minimum C- required in all 200-level PHYS courses.
**See Program page for approved courses.

Disclaimer: Four-Year Plans are a Departmental suggestion of how a student could complete this degree in four years (eight semesters). Students may opt to take courses in the summer or winter sessions. These plans do not take into account additional requirements brought on by minors or other majors. A Four-Year Plan is subject to change from year-to-year given the resources and focuses of the Department.  It is the student’s responsibility to meet with his or her assigned advisor at least once a semester to monitor progress and ensure that he or she is on track to graduate on time. This document is intended as a supplemental advisement tool to be used in conjunction with in-person advisement and the UDSIS Degree Audit.  Students should direct any questions or concerns regarding degree progress to their advisor or Academic Assistant Dean.