Department of Physics and Astronomy

B.S. in physics with concentration in astrophysics - Sample Curriculum

The sequence of courses shown below is a typical one, but other course selections are possible. For example, the calculus-based PHYS 2130-2140 sequence may be replaced by the non-calculus PHYS 2070-2080 sequence followed by PHYS 2100. The student must also satisfy all the degree requirements of the University Core and the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. The official degree requirements are published in the Catalog of the University of Toledo.

First year

Fall semester

  • ASTR 2010 Solar System Astronomy
  • PHYS 1910 Frontiers of Physics
  • PHYS 2130 Physics I
  • NSM 1000 Orientation
  • MATH 1830 or 1850 or 1920 Calculus I

Spring semester

  • ASTR 2020 Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
  • PHYS 2140 Physics II
  • MATH 1840 or 1860 or 1930 Calculus II
  • ENGL 1110 Comp I

Second year

Fall semester

  • PHYS 3310 Modern Physics I
  • CHEM 1230 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1280 General Chemistry I Lab
  • MATH 3610 Statistical Methods I
  • MATH 2850 or 2950 or 2880 Multivariable Calculus
  • ENGL 1110 Composition I

Spring semester

  • ASTR 3880 Foundations of Astronomy
  • MATH 1890 or 2890 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 2860 or 3820 or 3880 Differential Equations
  • ENGL 1130-1150 Composition II
  • EECS 1500 Intro to Programming

Third year

Fall semester

  • PHYS 4230 Electricity & Magnetism I
  • PHYS 4210 Theoretical Mechanics
  • Major level BIOL, CHEM or EEES*
  • Non-Physics WAC
  • Non-Western

Spring semester

  • PHYS 3410 Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 4310 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 4240 Electricity & Magnetism II
  • US Diversity
  • Core Social Science

Fourth year

Fall semester

  • ASTR 4810 Astrophysics I
  • ASTR 4880 Astrophysical Measurements
  • PHYS 4910 Research in Physics
  • PHYS 4950 Professional Development
  • Core Humanities
  • Courses needed to reach 120 hours

Spring semester

  • ASTR 4820 Astrophysics II
  • PHYS 4910 Research in Physics
  • PHYS 4920 Capstone Project
  • Core Humanities
  • Core Social Science
  • Courses needed to reach 120 hours
Last Updated: 2/8/17