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Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences

Astrophysics Concentration

The major in physics with a concentration in astrophysics requires 30 units of required physics courses and 26 units of advanced physics and astrophysics courses. See below for the additional non-physics and elective requirements. These must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. The core curriculum requirements must also be completed.

 

Required Courses (30 units)
PHYS 185 Introductory Seminar in Physics 1
PHYS 241, 242
or
PHYS 251, 252
General Physics I, II Calculus-based
or
Honors General Physics I, II
8
PHYS 243 General Physics III 4
PHYS 307 Introductory Mathematical Physics 3
PHYS 311 Modern Physics I 3
PHYS 341 Intermediate Physics Laboratory I 3
PHYS 351 Mechanics I 4
PHYS 354 Electricity and Magnetism 4

 

Non-physics Requirements (19–20 units)
CHEM 131
and
CHEM 131L
General Chemistry I Lecture
and
General Chemistry I Lab
4
CHEM 132
and
CHEM 132L
General Chemistry II Lecture
and
General Chemistry II Lab
4
MATH 273-274 Calculus I, II 8
MATH xxx* Upper-Division Mathematics Course 3-4

 

*Recommended mathematics electives are MATH 374, 379, 435–436.

 

Additional Physics and Astrophysics Courses (26 units)
ASTR 161 General Astronomy I 4
ASTR 162 General Astronomy II 4
ASTR 303 Astrophysical Techniques 3
ASTR 331 Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics 3
ASTR 432 Galaxies and Cosmology 3
ASTR 470 Special Topics in Contemporary Astrophysics 3
ASTR 495 Capstone Project in Astrophysics 3
PHYS 455 Introductory Quantum Mechanics 3

 

Suggested Course Schedule—Astrophysics Concentration

By its very nature, physics is more hierarchical in its course structure than typical humanities or social science disciplines. Therefore, many courses depend heavily on prerequisite courses (such as calculus and general physics). Time required to prepare for calculus, such as taking MATH 119, must be added to the four-year minimum. Normally, progress in mathematics and general physics is the pacesetter.

 

Students entering in ODD year Students entering in EVEN year
Course
Units
Course
Units

Freshman Year

First Term

CHEM 131 General Chemistry I Lecture (3)
and
CHEM 131L General Chemistry I Lab (1)
4
CHEM 131 General Chemistry II Lecture (3)
and
CHEM 131L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
4
ENGL 102 or TSEM
3
ENGL 102 or TSEM
3
ASTR 161 General Astronomy I
4
ASTR 161 General Astronomy I
4
MATH 273 Calculus I
4
MATH 273 Calculus I
4
PHYS 185 Introductory Honors Seminar in Physics
1
Second Term
ASTR 162 General Astronomy II
4
ASTR 162 General Astronomy II
4
PHYS 241 General Physics I
or
PHYS 251 Honors General Physics I
4
PHYS 241 General Physics I
or
PHYS 251 Honors General Physics I
4
CHEM 132 General Chemistry II Lecture (3)
and
CHEM 132L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
4
CHEM 132 General Chemistry II Lecture (3)
and
CHEM 132L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
4
ENGL 102 or TSEM
3
ENGL 102 or TSEM
3
Sophomore Year
First Term
MATH 274 Calculus II
4
MATH 274 Calculus II
4
PHYS 242 General Physics II
or
PHYS 252 Honors General Physics II
4
PHYS 242 General Physics II
or
PHYS 252 Honors General Physics II
4
Electives
6
Electives
6
Second Term
PHYS 243 General Physics III 4 PHYS 243 General Physics III 4
PHYS 307 Introductory Mathematical Physics 3 PHYS 307 Introductory Mathematical Physics 3
ASTR 331 Stellar Astrophysics 3 MATH XXX Upper-Division Math Elective 3-4
Electives
6
Electives
6
Junior Year
First Term
PHYS 311 Modern Physics I 4 PHYS 311 Modern Physics I 4
PHYS 341 Intermediate Physics Laboratory I 3 PHYS 341 Intermediate Physics Laboratory I 3
ASTR 303 Astrophysical Techniques 3 ASTR 303 Astrophysical Techniques 3
ASTR 432 Galaxies and Cosmology 3 PHYS 455 Introductory Quantum Mechanics 3
Second Term
PHYS 354 Electricity and Magnetism I 4 PHYS 354 Electricity and Magnetism I 4
MATH XXX Upper-Division Math Elective 3-4 ASTR 331 Stellar Astrophysics 3
ASTR 470 Selected Topics in Contemporary Astrophysics
3 ASTR 470 Selected Topics in Contemporary Astrophysics 3
Electives   Electives  
Senior Year
First Term
Course
Units
Course
Units
ASTR 495 Capstone Project in Astrophysics
3
ASTR 495 Capstone Project in Astrophysics
3
PHYS 455 Introductory Quantum Mechanics
3
ASTR 432 Galaxies and Cosmology
3
PHYS 351 Mechanics I
4
PHYS 351 Mechanics I
4
Electives
6
Electives
6

 

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