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

Astrophysics, B.S.

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Major Requirements

Credit Hours: 58+

In addition to completing the requirements for this major, students must also complete the degree requirements specified in the Academic Regulations  section of this catalog.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult the Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements  for more information.


Complete one of the following options:

Option 1 (3 credit hours)


  • Credit may not be applied for both the Senior Seminar and the Bachelor’s Essay.
  • With department approval, PHYS 499A  and PHYS 499B  may be substituted for PHYS 420 .

Complete 9 additional credit hours


  • Honors students can take the alternative course of HONS 115  in lieu of MATH 120 .
  • Honors students can take the alternative course of HONS 215  in lieu of MATH 220 .


  • Computer Programming I (CSCI 220  and CSCI 220L ) is strongly recommended.
  • With department approval, completion with grades of at least “B” in PHYS 101 /PHYS 101L  and PHYS 102 /PHYS 102L , together with MATH 120  and MATH 220  may be substituted for PHYS 111 /PHYS 111L  and PHYS 112 /PHYS 112L .
  • Except for the substitution of ASTR 377  for PHYS 370 , this program comes within 3 credit hours of fulfilling the requirements for the B.S. in Physics. If the student takes ASTR 377  and PHYS 370  plus 3 additional credit hours of 300- or 400- level PHYS or ASTR then they have a double major in Physics and Astronomy.
  • Suggested programs of study leading to graduate school in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, meteorology and engineering are available from the department.

Coursework Meeting Major Requirements Excluded from the Major GPA Calculation

None.  All courses that may apply toward completion of course requirements within the major apply toward the major GPA calculation.

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