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Physics Major requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, a minimum of 120 university credits are required. Of these, 45 credits must be approved Physics courses, and 30 credits must be at the 300-level or higher. A 2.000 cumulative GPA for all courses as well as a 2.000 cumulative GPA for approved Physics courses is required to graduate. Approved Physics courses include all PHY courses at the 300-level or higher, together with PHY courses 109, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 213, 225, 227, 234, 252 and 271.

Physics Curriculum Requirements/Recommended course sequence - Catalog Year 2016-17 to present

Physics Flow Chart  Course sequence showing prerequisites and semester offerings - Catalog Year 2016-17 to present

Physics Degree Audit and Progress Sheet  - Catalog Year 2016-17 to present

Honors Curriculum for Physics Requirements/Recommended course sequence - Honors Curriculum (for students entering Fall 2020 to present).

Concentration in Astronomy/Astrophysics

The Astronomy/Astrophysics Concentration has students complete the 38-credits of required courses in physics along with the mathematics and University Studies requirements for the physics major, together with 9-credits of elective courses (or equivalent) in astrophysics. Students are required to consult with their advisor before registering for these courses.

  • PHY 252 - Elementary Astrophysics 
  • PHY 363 - Intermed Astrophysics 
  • PHY 410 - Special Topics in Physics 
  • One of the courses below will be completed as PHY 410 Special Topics in Physics:

    • PHY 510 – Special Topics in Physics: High-Energy Astrophysics
    • PHY 510 – Special Topics in Physics: Stellar Structure & Evolution
    • PHY 565 – Black Holes, General Relativity & Gravitational Waves
  • PHY 480/490 - Up to 3 credits may be applied. Research and Capstone must be on an Astrophysics or closely related topic.

Astronomy/Astrophysics Concentration Curriculum Requirements/Recommended course sequence - Class of 2016 to present

Astronomy/Astrophysics Concentration Flow Chart - Class of 2016 to present


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