Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics

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The astrophysics program emphasizes the physics of stars, galaxies, planets/planetary systems, and cosmology/relativity, and also introduces observational best practices and instrumentation used in modern astrophysics. Graduates move on to jobs in government, universities, the private sector, or teaching positions in middle school and high school. Others continue on to obtain a master’s degree or a Ph.D. The program is designed so that obtaining dual degrees in astrophysics and physics can be accomplished in four years of study.

Required Courses

Physics Requirements (43)
PHYS 100Intro to the Profession2
PHYS 123General Physics I: Mechanics4
PHYS 221Gen Physics II: Elect&Magntism4
PHYS 223General Physics III4
PHYS 240Computational Science3
PHYS 301Math Methods of Physics3
PHYS 304Thermodynmics&Statistical Phys3
PHYS 308Classical Mechanics I3
PHYS 309Classical Mechanics II3
PHYS 348Modern Physics for Scntst&Engr3
PHYS 405Fndmntls of Quantum Theory I3
PHYS 413Electromagnetism I3
PHYS 427Advanced Physics Lab I3
PHYS 485Physics Colloquium1
PHYS 485Physics Colloquium1
Astronomy Requirements (16)
PHYS 360Introduction to Astrophysics3
PHYS 361Observational Astrophysics4
PHYS 403Relativity3
PHYS 460Stellar Astrophysics3
PHYS 461Extragalactic Astrophysics3
Mathematics Requirements (18)
MATH 151Calculus I5
MATH 152Calculus II5
MATH 251Multivariate & Vector Calculus4
MATH 252Introduction to Diff Equations4
Chemistry Requirements (8)
CHEM 124Princ of Chemistry I with Lab4
CHEM 125Prin of Chemistry II w/Lab4
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 105Intro to Computer Programming2
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, sections B and C21
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section E6
Free Electives (12)
Select 12 credit hours12
Total Credit Hours126

Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
PHYS 1002PHYS 2214
PHYS 1234MATH 1525
MATH 1515CHEM 1254
CHEM 1244Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3
 15 16
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
PHYS 2234PHYS 2403
MATH 2514PHYS 3483
CS 1052PHYS 3603
Humanities 200-level Course3MATH 2524
Social Sciences Elective3Humanities Elective (300+)3
 16 16
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
PHYS 3013PHYS 3093
PHYS 3083PHYS 46033
PHYS 36114Free Elective3
PHYS 40523IPRO Elective I3
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Social Sciences Elective (300+)3
 16 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
PHYS 4133PHYS 3043
PHYS 4273PHYS 40333
PHYS 46133PHYS 4851
PHYS 4851IPRO Elective II3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Humanities Elective (300+)3Free Elective3
 16 16
Total Credit Hours: 126