Physics and Space Sciences
Physics is the discipline most directly concerned with understanding the physical world on a fundamental level. As such, it covers an extremely broad range of subjects and areas of specialization that seek to unify and understand our physical world.
This option offers the courses needed to meet the entrance requirements of essentially all schools of medicine, dentistry, osteopathic medicine, podiatry and optometry, as well as the nonagricultural courses for veterinary medicine. The preprofessional adviser has up-to-date information on admission requirements for most professional schools, including appropriate admission tests.
All space sciences undergraduate programs have a strong core of physics, enhanced with specialty courses designed for students interested in pursuing space-related careers. The space sciences undergraduate program is designed for students interested in pursuing space-related careers, either upon graduation or after completing graduate studies in the earth, planetary or space sciences. Emphasis in the curriculum is on achieving a broad but sound education in the basic physical, mathematical and engineering sciences as a foundation for successful entry into any of the many subfields of modern space science activity. Space Science majors may choose from among 3 areas of specialization:
- Astrobiology This option is an interdisciplinary program covering the physics, astronomy, biology, and chemistry needed to investigate the possibility of extraterrestrial life, and is designed to meet the needs of students intending to pursue graduate education in astrobiology, astrophysics, planetary sciences or biology.
- Astronomy and Astrophysics The astronomy and astrophysics option focuses on the physics and astronomy of stars and galaxies, and is designed to meet the needs of students intending to pursue graduate education and a career in the astronomical sciences.
- Planetary Science This option focuses on the physics and astronomy of the Sun, planets, asteroids, comets, moons, other objects in our Solar System and planetary systems around other stars. It is designed to meet the needs of students intending to pursue graduate education in the solar physics, geophysical sciences, planetary sciences or careers in the aerospace and space science-related industries.