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2021-2022 General Catalog 
2021-2022 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Astrophysics Concentration

Return to Physics, B.S.  . 

Students may earn a B.S. in physics with a concentration in astrophysics. This program is intended for those students who desire an emphasis on studying the physical processes of astronomical objects in the Universe. It provides a rigorous background in physics with a combination of theoretical and observational studies of planets, stars and galaxies. It is a good choice for students who wish to continue their studies in graduate astronomy programs, or who wish to work in positions at observatories, laboratories and governmental agencies. It is also an appropriate degree for science educators, and science journalists.

See Physics, B.S.  . for the core requirements of the degree, below are requirements unique to the Astrophysics concentration.

Astrophysics Concentration Requirements: 8 Units

Physics Electives: 10 Units

To complete the 72 units required for the major, students must choose the remaining units from other upper division physics or astronomy courses. All Upper division Astronomy courses are allowed as electives for the BS-Physics Astrophysics Concentration. ASTR 396  & PHYS 396  selected topics courses, will only apply if approved by an advisor. Astronomy courses may not double count towards the Physics Major and the Astronomy Minor. PHYS 494  can be taken three times for a maximum of three units.


Total Units In the Major: 72 Units

Sample Four-Year Program

Bachelor of Science in Physics with Concentration in Astrophysics

The sequential nature of the physics curriculum necessitates an early start with major requirements and the distribution of general education courses over four years.

Freshman Year: 30 Units

Sophomore Year: 30 Units

Junior Year: 30 Units

Spring Semester (15 Units)

Senior Year: 30 Units

Fall Semester (15 Units)

Spring Semester (15 Units)

Total Units: 120