Physics Major: Astronomy Option (B.S.)

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The astronomy option prepares students for professional work as a physicist or astrophysicist, and is the first step towards graduate work in astronomy or physics. It takes full advantage of the wide range of research that UNH has to offer in astrophysics and space science.

University Discovery requirements 1
Bachelor of Science requirements
Physics requirements:
PHYS 400Freshman Seminar1
PHYS 406Introduction to Modern Astronomy4
PHYS 407General Physics I4
PHYS 408General Physics II4
PHYS 505
PHYS 506
General Physics III
and General Physics III Laboratory
PHYS 508Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics4
PHYS 605Experimental Physics I5
PHYS 615Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I4
PHYS 616Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II4
PHYS 701Quantum Mechanics I4
PHYS 702Quantum Mechanics II4
PHYS 703Electricity and Magnetism I4
PHYS 704Electricity and Magnetism II4
PHYS 705Experimental Physics II4
PHYS 710Modern Astrophysics4
PHYS 795Independent Study4
PHYS 799Thesis4
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
or CHEM 405 Chemical Principles for Engineers
MATH 425
MATH 426
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Select one of the following options: 212
Option A:
Linearity I
Linearity II
Option B:
Multidimensional Calculus
Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Linear Algebra for Applications
Computer Programming:
CS 410PIntroduction to Scientific Programming/Python4
or IAM 550 Introduction to Engineering Computing
Electives in Option:
Select one of the following:4
Space Plasma Physics
Nuclear Physics
General Relativity and Cosmology

Note that no physics course can satisfy these requirement for a physics major. The rationale behind this is that a course in physics does not broaden the education of a physics major.


The Department generally recommends MATH 645 Linear Algebra for Applications over MATH 545 Introduction to Linear Algebra for Physics majors, but the best option, when possible, is MATH 525 Linearity I-MATH 526 Linearity II.

By the end of the spring semester of the sophomore year, a student must have a minimum grade of C in each 400- or 500-level course specifically required for the B.S. degree and an overall grade-point average of at least 2.33 in these courses in order to continue in the B.S. program.