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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 22, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physics and Astronomy - Graduate School Preparation Concentration, BS

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Physics and Astronomy Major Requirements

The BS in physics and astronomy requires the completion of 50 credits in physics and astronomy distributed as follows.

Introductory Astronomy course

Laboratory courses

Choose at least seven credits


* GEOL 1701 - GEOLOGY OF THE PLANETS  may be substituted for this course.


* Some of these courses have prerequisites

** If this course is taken as a science elective, it cannot be used to satisfy the requirement for the nine credits of intermediate and advanced courses.

Honors major requirements

Honors in physics and astronomy is granted if in addition to fulfilling all requirements for the major, the student meets the following requirements.

  • Maintains a GPA of 3.2 or higher in the major
  • Maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Submits a paper detailing the research within the department and presents the research in a public forum (i.e. at the University’s Science Symposium or the Undergraduate Poster Fair hosted by the University Honors College).

Graduate School Preparation concentration

This concentration adds six credits to the standard Physics and Astronomy major requirements if one of the courses listed below is taken as a science elective.

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