This program is intended to provide students with foundational knowledge in astronomy and space science. Students will graduate with strong scientific preparation and communication skills and will have a wide range of career options including entry-level jobs as well as graduate education in law, business, education, social and physical sciences. In short, these students will have all the traditional options of liberal arts majors with the added advantage of a unique science background.
Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.
Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the Departmental major requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.
Note: In some cases the requirements of a specific program will increase the number of credits above 120.
The University requirement for a writing intensive (WI) course in the major field is satisfied by:
- PHY 6850 for the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Physics
- AST 4200 for the Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy degree
- PHY 6780 for Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Physics degree
It should be noted in each case that the requirement is satisfied by an additional writing project beyond the normal course requirements.
Students must receive a grade of C- or better in all physics and/or astronomy courses. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher for all course work is required for graduation.
Students should consult with the Undergraduate Academic Advisor in the Physics Research Building for more detailed information concerning the various degrees and options outlined below.
Additionally, student must complete:
|AST 2010||(PS) Descriptive Astronomy||4|
|AST 2011||Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory||1|
|PHY 2170||(PS) University Physics for Scientists I 1||4|
|PHY 2171||University Physics Laboratory||1|
|PHY 2180||University Physics for Scientists II 1||4|
|PHY 2181||University Physics Laboratory II||1|
|PHY 3300||Introductory Modern Physics||3|
|PHY 3310||Introductory Modern Physics Laboratory||2|
& PHY 5341
and Optics Laboratory
|AST 4100||Astronomical Techniques||3|
|AST 4200||(WI) Astronomical Laboratory||2|
|AST 4300||Planetary Astronomy and Space Science||3|
|AST 5010||Astrophysics and Stellar Astronomy||3|
|AST 5100||Galaxies and the Universe||3|
|MAT 2010||Calculus I||4|
|MAT 2020||Calculus II||4|
|PHY 3700||Mathematics for Biomedical Physics||4|