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Physics: Concentration Astrophysics

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Why study Astrophysics

If you are interested in the stars this may be the major for you.

Astrophysics is the study of the stellar and galactic evolution and the origins of the universe. It is an inherently multidisciplinary field that brings together physics knowledge in thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, optics, and electromagnetism with chemistry and other topics. The astrophysics concentration, rather than including 18 credit hours of electives as in the standard physics major, specifies 18 credit hours of ASTR coursework including Astrophysics I and II. Astrophysics graduates go on to graduate and professional school in fields such as physics, astronomy, engineering, computer science, medical physics, medicine, law, and finance. Astrophysics graduates can be found working in a variety of fields under titles such as physicist, engineer, analyst, and consultant.

Faculty assist with focusing on undergraduate research, small class sizes and great faculty-student interactions; all of which culminate in a capstone project. With our faculty expertise in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics and Stars, this concentration will never cease to amaze.

What will I Learn


Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements

Physics: Astrophysics Sample 4 Year Plan

General Education Core