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
3 ASTR 210 General Astronomy 3 ASTR 310 Computing in Astronomy
4 PHYS 212 Univ Physics (E&M) 4 PHYS 213 & 214 Univ Physics (Thermal & Quantum)
2 PHYS 225 Relativity & Math Applications 3 PHYS 325 Classic Mechanics I
4 MATH 241 Calculus III 3 MATH 285 Intro to Diff Eq
5 Electives2 5 Electives2
18 Total 18 Total

 

Third Year

Hours First Semester Hours Second Semester
3 ASTR 4043 Stellar Astrophysics 3 ASTR 4053 Planetary Systems
3 PHYS 435 Electromagnetic Fields I 3 PHYS 326 Classical Mechanics II
3 PHYS 401 Classical Physics Lab 4 PHYS 486 Quantum Physics I
3 MATH 415 Linear Algebra 8 Electives2
6 Electives2    
18 Total 18 Total

 

Fourth Year

Hours First Semester Hours Second Semester
2 ASTR 4013 Scientific Writing for Astronomers 4 ASTR 4143 Astro Techniques
3 ASTR 4063 Galaxies & Universe 4 PHYS 402 Light
4 PHYS 427 Thermal & Statistical Physics 4 PHYS 487 Quantum Physics II
3 PHYS 436 Electromagnetic Fields II 6 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.