Double Degree: Specialized Curriculum Physics and Astronomy

Below is a sample semester by semester program for a double degree in Specialized Curriculum Physics and Astronomy for students admitted to the University after Fall 2009. Individual programs depend upon preparation and goals but students must complete all of the requirements including LAS General Education requirements. The application for a second degree can be picked up from the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office. 

 

First Year

Hours First Semester Hours Second Semester
0 PHYS 110 Careers in Physics 4 PHYS 211 Univ Physics (Mechanics)
4-5 MATH 220 or 221 Calculus I1 3 MATH 231 Calculus II
4 CHEM 102 & 103 3 CS 101 Intro to Computing
4 RHET 105 Composition 8 Electives2
5-6 Electives2    
18 Total 18 Total

 

Second Year

Hours First Semester Hours Second Semester
4 PHYS 212 Univ Physics (E&M) 2 PHYS 213 Univ Physics (Thermal)
3 ASTR 210 General Astronomy 2 PHYS 214 Univ Physics (Quantum)
4 MATH 241 Calculus III 3 PHYS 325 Mech & Relativity I
7 Electives2 3 MATH 285 Intro to Diff Eq
    8 Electives2
18 Total 18 Total

 

Third Year

Hours First Semester Hours Second Semester
3 PHYS 326 Mech & Relativity II 3 PHYS 435 EM Fields I
3 ASTR 4043 Stellar Astrophysics 3 PHYS 401 Physics Lab
1 ASTR 4013 Sci Writing 3 ASTR 4053 Solar Sys & ISM
3 MATH 415 Linear Algebra 9 Electives2
8 Electives2    
18 Total 18 Total

 

Fourth Year

Hours First Semester Hours Second Semester
3 PHYS 436 EM Fields II 4 PHYS 427 Therm & Stat Phys
4 PHYS 486 Quantum Physics I 4 PHYS 487 Quantum Physics II
3 ASTR 4063 Galaxies & Universe 4 ASTR 4143 Astro Techniques
8 Electives2 6 Electives2
       
18 Total 18 Total

 

This double degree will require a total of 156 semester hours: 126 hours for the Specialized Curriculum in Physics and 30 additional hours for the second degree in Astronomy. The above sample semester by semester layout includes 144 hours, the remaining 12 hours can be acquired through AP credit, summer school, additional semesters, or credit hour override.

 

NOTES:

  1. Math 220 is appropriate for students with little or no background in calculus.

  2. All Core Requirements for the College of LAS must be fulfilled.

  3. A minimum of 12 advanced hours for the Astronomy degree must not be counted for the Physics degree.