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  • Emphasis in Astronomy
  • Physics & Astronomy

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  • Fall 2013 Undergraduate Catalog - Official

    B.S. Degree in Physics - Astronomy Emphasis (120 Credits)

    Core Requirements

    Students may substitute PHYS 160 and PHYS 161 for PHYS 200 and PHYS 201.

    PHYS 200 General Physics I with Lab (4)
    PHYS 201 General Physics II with Lab (4)
    PHYS 202 Introduction to 20th Century Physics (3)
    PHYS 305 Experimental Physics I (3)
    PHYS 306 Experimental Physics II (3)
    PHYS 315 Physics Seminar (1)
    PHYS 322 Elementary Modern Physics (3)
    PHYS 330 Intermediate Mechanics (4)
    PHYS 342 Introduction to Research (1)
    PHYS 350 Computational Methods for Physical Science (3)
    PHYS 370 Electromagnetic Theory (4)
    PHYS 399 Thermodynamics (3)
    PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics (3)
    PHYS 455 Senior Project (2)


    Requirements

    (18 Credits)

    Students must complete two of the following three courses:

    AST 102 Solar System Astronomy (3)
    AST 104 Stellar Astronomy (3)
    AST 324 Life and Death in the Universe (3)

    Students must complete all of the following courses:

    AST 361 Stellar Astrophysics (3)
    AST 362 Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics (3)
    AST 365 Cosmology (3)
    AST 366 Observational Astronomy (3)


    Restricted Electives

    Students must earn four credits selected from the courses listed below:

    AST 360 Planetary Science (3)
    AST 390 Projects in Advanced Astronomy (1-3)
    PHYS 312 Analog Electronics (3)
    PHYS 325 Optics (3)
    PHYS 469 Internship (1-12)


    Related Requirements

    ( Credits)

    Students who fulfill the Mathematics requirements listed below at MSUM are also required to take Math 260, Computer Calculus (1 credit). MATH 260 may be taken concurrently with any course in the Calculus series (Math 261, 262, 323); students are encouraged to take MATH 260 with Math 261.

    ENGL 387 Technical Report Writing (4)
    MATH 261 Calculus I (4)
    MATH 262 Calculus II (4)
    MATH 323 Multi-Variable and Vector Calculus (4)
    MATH 366 Differential Equations (3)