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Astrophysics Major Requirements

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Credit Hours: 58+

"PR" indicates a pre-requisite. "CO" indicates a co-requisite.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu for more information.

Required Courses

PHYS 111

General Physics I (3) PR or CO: MATH 120 or equivalent or instructor permission; PHYS 111L

PHYS 111L

General Physics I Lab (1) CO: PHYS 111 or instructor permission

PHYS 112

General Physics II (3) PR: MATH 120 or equivalent; PHYS 111, PHYS 111L or HONS 157; PR or CO: MATH 220 or equivalent or instructor permission; CO: PHYS 112L

PHYS 112L

General Physics II Lab (1) CO: PHYS 112 or instructor permission

PHYS 230

Introduction to Modern Physics I (3) PR: PHYS 112 or HONS 158; CO or PR: MATH 221 or instructor permission

PHYS 301

Classical Mechanics (3) PR: (PHYS 112 or HONS 158) and (MATH 323 or PHYS 272) or instructor permission

PHYS 403

Introductory Quantum Mechanics (3) PR: PHYS 230 and (MATH 323 or PHYS 272) or instructor permission

PHYS 405

Thermal Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230 and (MATH 323 or PHYS 272) or instructor permission

PHYS 409

Electricity and Magnetism (3) PR: (PHYS 112 or HONS 158) and (MATH 323 or PHYS 272) or instructor permission

PHYS 419

Research Seminar (1) PR or CO: PHYS 370 or ASTR 377 or instructor and department chair permission

PHYS 420*

Senior Research (3) PR: PHYS 419 and instructor and department chair permission

OR

 

PHYS 499**

Bachelor’s Essay (6) PR: PHYS 419 or department chair permission; credit will not be awarded for both PHYS 420 and PHYS 499

ASTR 231

Introduction to Astrophysics (3) PR: PHYS 112 or HONS 158

ASTR 377

Experimental Astronomy (4) PR: ASTR 231

Note: *Credit will not be awarded for both PHYS 420 and PHYS 499. ** With department approval, PHYS 499 may be substituted for PHYS 420.

Complete 9 additional credit hours. At least 6 of the credit hours must be selected from:

ASTR 306

Planetary Astronomy (3) PR: ASTR 231

ASTR 311

Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics (3) PR: ASTR 231 and MATH 221

ASTR 312

Galactic/Extragalactic Astronomy (3) PR: ASTR 231and MATH 221

ASTR 413

Astrophysics (3) PR: PHYS 301 and MATH 323 or instructor permission

PHYS 412

Special Topics (Astronomy topic required) (3) PR: Instructor permission

Select 3 additional credit hours from the following:

ASTR 306*

Planetary Astronomy (3) PR: ASTR 231

ASTR 311*

Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics (3) PR: ASTR 231 and MATH 221

ASTR 312*

Galactic/Extragalactic Astronomy (3) PR: ASTR 231and MATH 221

ASTR 410

Black Holes: Advanced Topics (1) PR: PHYS 112 or instructor permission; CO: ASTR 210

ASTR 413*

Astrophysics (3) PR: PHYS 301 and MATH 323 or instructor permission

ASTR 460L

NASA Space Mission Design Leadership Lab (1) PR: Instructor permission; CO: ASTR 260

PHYS 390

Research (astronomy topic required) (1-3; repeatable up to 6 credit hours) PR: Instructor and department chair permission

PHYS 394

Digital Signal and Image Processing with Biomedical Applications (3) PR: PHYS 112 and 112L or HONS 158 and 158L; CO: PHYS 394L

PHYS 394L

Digital Signal and Image Processing with Biomedical Applications (3) PR: PHYS 112 and 112L or HONS 158 and 158L; CO: PHYS 394

PHYS 404

Introductory Quantum Mechanics II (3) PR: Instructor permission

PHYS 407

Introduction to Nuclear Physics (3) PR: PHYS 230 or instructor permission

PHYS 410

Electricity and Magnetism (3) PR: PHYS 409

PHYS 412*

Special Topics (Astronomy topic required) (3) PR: Instructor permission

PHYS 415

Fluid Mechanics (3) PR: MATH 323 and PHYS 301 or instructor permission

Note: *When not used to fulfill the above requirements.

Math Requirement

MATH 120

Introductory Calculus (4) PR: C- or better in MATH 111 or placement

MATH 220

Calculus II (4) PR: MATH 120 or HONS 115

MATH 221

Calculus III (4) PR: MATH 220

MATH 323

Differential Equations (3) PR: MATH 221 and either MATH 203 or instructor permission

Notes:

  • Computer Programming I (CSCI 220 and 220L) is strongly recommended.
  • With department approval, completion with grades of at least "B" in PHYS 101/101L and PHYS 102/102L, together with MATH 120 and MATH 220 may be substituted for PHYS 111/111L and PHYS 112/112L.
  • Except for the substitution of ASTR 377 for PHYS 370, this program comes within 3 credit hours of fulfilling the requirements for the B.S. in Physics. If the student takes ASTR 377 and PHYS 370 plus 3 additional credit hours of 300- or 400- level PHYS or ASTR then they have a double major in Physics and Astronomy.
  • Suggested programs of study leading to graduate school in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, meteorology and engineering are available from the department.