Physics and Space Sciences

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Undergraduate Programs in Physics & Space Science.

All Physics & Space Sciences undergraduate programs have a strong core of physics. Our Physics programs are enhanced with specialty courses designed for students interested in pursuing careers in subatomic and particle physics, and lightning research. The space sciences undergraduate programs are designed for students interested in pursuing space-related careers, either upon graduation or after completing graduate studies, in astrobiology, astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary science. The meteorology program is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in the American Meteorological Society, the NOAA National Weather Service, NASA and the U.S. Armed Forces. Emphasis in all curricula 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 physics, space, and atmospheric science.

We have six majors to choose from:

Astrobiology

An interdisciplinary program that covers the physics, astronomy, biology, and chemistry needed to investigate the possibility of life outside of the Earth's biosphere. This program 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 program is our most popular, and focuses on the physics and astronomy of stars, galaxies and cosmology, and is designed to meet the needs of students intending to pursue graduate education and careers in the astronomical sciences.

Meteorology

Meteorology the science of atmospheres, especially with atmospheric phenomena, weather forecasting, and climate. It is an interdisciplinary applied science program with its research roots and applications in three colleges: Science, Engineering and Computing, and Aeronautics. A related degree program in aviation meteorology is offered by the College of Aeronautics.

Physics

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. 

Premedical Physics

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. 

Planetary Science 

This program 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.

 

We have two minors to choose from:

Meteorology Minor

The meteorology minor program is for students wanting to demonstrate their atmospheric science abilities and pursue their extended interest weather phenomena and climate. This minor program can be a valuable addition for both science and engineering majors.

Physics Minor

The physics minor program is for students wanting to demonstrate their physics abilities and pursue their extended interest in physics. For students willing to push themselves that little bit further, this minor program can be a valuable addition for both science and engineering majors.