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Academic Program Guide

Physics & Astrophysics

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2021 and after)

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and multicultural requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

This schedule assumes that you have credit for MAC1114 Analytic Trigonometry and MAC1140 Pre-Calculus. The required math courses are sufficient to obtain a minor in Mathematics.

** The Math Department requires a B minus or higher in MAC2312 (Calc II) to take MAP2302 or MAP3305 before MAC2313 (Calc III). We require that you pass MAP2302 or MAP3305 before you take PHY3221 (Mechanics I) in Term 4.

Mapping Coordinator: Shellie Camp

Sample Schedule

Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
MAC2311 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4
GE Core or Foreign Language3-4
COP3014 Programming I or COP3363 Intro to C++ for Majors 3
Milestones 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAC2311 ( ≥ C minus )
Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
** MAC2312 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4
PHY2048C General Physics A5
GE Core or Foreign Language3-4
PHY1090 Discovering Physics 1
Milestones 2
Complete ENC2135c( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAC2312 ( ≥ C minus )**
Complete PHY2048C ( ≥ C minus )
Summer hrs
** MAC2313 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III5
PHY2049C General Physics B5
Term 3 hrs
AST4211 Introduction to Astrophysics3
PHY3101 Intermediate Modern Physics 3
PHY3045 Physics Problem Solving 3
** MAP 2302 Ordinary Differential Equations or MAP 3305 Engineering Math I3
GE Course or Foreign Language3-4
Milestones 3
Complete PHY2049C ( ≥ C minus )
Term 4 hrs
AST 4419 Extragalactic Astro 3
PHY3221 Mechanics I3
PHZ3113 Mathematical Physics3
GE Course or Foreign Language3-4
Milestones 4
Complete PHY3101 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PHY3221 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PHZ3113 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PHY3045 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAC2313 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAP2302 or MAP3305 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PHY1090 ( ≥ C minus )
Term 5 hrs
AST4722 Observational Techniques 3
PHY4604 Quantum Theory of Matter A3
PHY4222 Mechanics II 3
PHY3091 Communication in Physics (Oral Communication Competency)2
GE Course or Foreign Language3-4
Milestones 5
Complete AST4211 ( ≥ C minus )
Civic Literacy requirement
Term 6 hrs
PHY4323 Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHY4605 Quantum Theory of Matter B3
PHY3802L Intermediate Laboratory or AST3721L Astrophysics Laboratory 2
PHZ4316 Nuclear Astrophysics or AST4217 Physics of Stars3
GE Ethics or Foreign Language3-4
Milestones 6
Complete Scholarship in Practice course
Term 7 hrs
AST4218r Astrophysics Seminar 1
AST4414 Cosmology and Structure Formation3
PHZ4601 Special and General Relativity3
Optional Astro/Physics courses or Foreign Language or Elective6-7
Milestones 7
Complete a Pre-Graduation Check
Term 8 hrs
AST4218r Astrophysics Seminar 1
PHZ4316 Nuclear Astrophysics or AST4217 Physics of Stars3
PHY4513 Thermal and Statistical Physics3
PHZ4151C Computational Physics Laboratory 3
Optional Astro/Physics courses or Foreign Language or Elective3-4
Milestones 8
Apply for graduation in 1st two weeks

Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Biophysicist, Geophysicist, Astrophysicist, Nuclear Physicist, Theoretical Physicist, Experimental Physicist, Solid State Physicist, College Teacher, Low Temperature Physicist, Laser Physicist, High School Teacher, Consultant, Aerodynamist, Stress Analyst, Technical Writer, Instrumental Technician, Physicist Technician

Representative Employers: School Boards, Community Colleges, Manufacturers, Chemical Companies, College and Universities, Engineering Firms, Electronics Firms, Governmental Agencies, Laboratories, Research/Development Firms

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

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