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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hello everyone! So, I'm currently double majoring in Math and Physics at my University. My end goal is to hopefully go onto graduate school to earn a PhD in Astronomy, the specific areas of Astronomy I'm interested in are Observational Astronomy, Instrumentation and Planetary Science.

Here are the degree programs for each of my majors-

Physics with a concentration in Astrophysics:

Major: Physics

Concentration: Astrophysics

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Prerequisites (30 credits)

CHEMISTRY 1 REQUIREMENT

Acceptable substitutes: MACX281

Prereq: MAC 1147

MAC2312 (GM) Calculus II (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitutes: MACX282

Prereq: MAC 2311

MAC2313 (GM) Calculus III (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitutes: MACX283

Prereq: MAC 2312

PHYSICS REQUIREMENT:

Courses must be taken in prerequisite order. Electronic approval for courses requiring prerequisites must be obtained each registration. Grades of C or above must be earned in all physics requirements.

PHY1024 Intro Phys for New Majors (1 Credit)

AST3217 Astrophysics I (4 Credits)

Prereq: PHY2049; Coreq: PHY3101

AST3402 Astrophysics II (4 Credits)

Prereq: AST3217

PHY3101 Modern Physics (3 Credits)

Prereq: PHY 2049; Coreq: MAC 2313

PHY3101L Modern Physics Lab (1 Credit)

Coreq: PHY 3101

PHZ3113 Mathematical Physics (3 Credits)

Prereq: PHY 2049 & MAC 2313; Coreq: MAP 2302

PHY3220 Classical Mechanics (4 Credits)

Prereqs: PHY 2049 & MAC 2313

Coreq: MAP 2302

PHY3424C Optics with Laboratory (4 Credits)

Prereqs: PHY 2049 & MAC 2313

PHY4604 Quantum Mechanics (4 Credits)

Prereqs: PHY 3101, MAC 2313 & MAP 2302

PHY4523 Thermodyn and Statistical Mech (4 Credits)

Prereqs: PHY 3101, MAC 2313 & MAP 2302

PHY4802L Advanced Physics Laboratory (2 Credits)

Prereq: PHY 3101L

PHY4910 Physics Research and Seminar (1 Credit)

Prereq: PHY 3101

Major Electives (3 credits)

SELECT ONE FROM THE FOLLOWING:

AST2002 Basic Astronomy (3 Credits)

COP2220 Computer Science I (3 Credits)

ESC2000 Earth Science (3 Credits)

MAP2302 (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations (3 Credits)

Prereq: MAC 2312

Free Electives (6 credits)

SELECT 6 HRS (3000/4000 LEVEL)

This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate).

For the Elective, I was planning on taking Advanced Topics in Physics and Electronics for Scientists.

Mathematics Degree:

Major: Mathematics

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Prerequisites (22 credits)

Requires grades of C or above.

MAC2311 (GM) Calculus I (4 Credits)

MAC2312 (GM) Calculus II (4 Credits)

MAC2313 (GM) Calculus III (4 Credits)

MAP2302 (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations (3 Credits)

SCIENTIFIC COMPUTER PROGRAMMING COURSE

Department recommends a computer programming language course in PASCAL, FORTRAN, C, C+, C++

1 laboratory-based science course designed for science majors.

Grades of C or above required in all major courses.

Note: All transfer courses require prior approval of department chairperson.

The math department recommends MAA 4211, MAA 4212 and MAS 4301 be taken in the senior year.

MHF3202 (GM)Foundations of Mathematics (4 Credits)

Prereq: MAC 2312

MAS3105 (GM) Linear Algebra (4 Credits)

Prereq: MAC 2312

MAS4301 (GM) Abstract Algebra I (4 Credits)

Prereqs: MAS 3105 & MHF 3202

MAA4211 (GM) Advanced Calculus I (4 Credits)

Prereqs: MAC 2313, MAS 3105, & MHF 3202

MAA4212 (GM) Advanced Calculus II (3 Credits)

Prereq: MAA 4211

Contextual Courses (4 credits)

STA4321 (GM)Probability and Statistics (4 Credits)

Prereq: MAC 2312

Major Electives (12 credits)

Please check catalog course descriptions for prerequisite requirements.

SELECT 4 COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING:

MAS4932 Capstone Experience in Math (3 Credits)

Prereq: Senior standing & permission of department

Minor Required

Bachelor of Science students majoring in mathematics or statistics must select a minor from among biology, physics, computer science, statistics (for mathematics majors only), chemistry, economics, business, or mathematics (for statistics majors only). Double majors are exempt from a minor

Free Electives (7 credits)

SELECT 7 HRS FREE ELECTIVES 3000/4000

This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate).

In the end, this post is about searching for some other opinions and perspectives. In terms of the electives for the Physics degree and the Math degree, what would be good elective courses to take if my end goal is Astronomy?

Here are the degree programs for each of my majors-

Physics with a concentration in Astrophysics:

Major: Physics

Concentration: Astrophysics

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Prerequisites (30 credits)

CHEMISTRY 1 REQUIREMENT

- CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
- CHM 2045L General Chemistry I Lab

Acceptable substitutes: (CHMX040 and CHMX041) or CHMX045C

- CHM 2046 General Chemistry II
- CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Lab

Acceptable substitutes: CHMX046C

Acceptable substitutes: MACX281

Prereq: MAC 1147

MAC2312 (GM) Calculus II (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitutes: MACX282

Prereq: MAC 2311

MAC2313 (GM) Calculus III (4 Credits)

Acceptable substitutes: MACX283

Prereq: MAC 2312

PHYSICS REQUIREMENT:

- PHY 2048 Calculus Physics I
- PHY 2048L Calculus Physics I Lab
- PHY 2049 Calculus Physics II
- PHY 2049L Calculus Physics II Lab

Courses must be taken in prerequisite order. Electronic approval for courses requiring prerequisites must be obtained each registration. Grades of C or above must be earned in all physics requirements.

PHY1024 Intro Phys for New Majors (1 Credit)

AST3217 Astrophysics I (4 Credits)

Prereq: PHY2049; Coreq: PHY3101

AST3402 Astrophysics II (4 Credits)

Prereq: AST3217

PHY3101 Modern Physics (3 Credits)

Prereq: PHY 2049; Coreq: MAC 2313

PHY3101L Modern Physics Lab (1 Credit)

Coreq: PHY 3101

PHZ3113 Mathematical Physics (3 Credits)

Prereq: PHY 2049 & MAC 2313; Coreq: MAP 2302

PHY3220 Classical Mechanics (4 Credits)

Prereqs: PHY 2049 & MAC 2313

Coreq: MAP 2302

PHY3424C Optics with Laboratory (4 Credits)

- Prereq: PHY 2049 and MAC 2313

Prereqs: PHY 2049 & MAC 2313

PHY4604 Quantum Mechanics (4 Credits)

Prereqs: PHY 3101, MAC 2313 & MAP 2302

PHY4523 Thermodyn and Statistical Mech (4 Credits)

Prereqs: PHY 3101, MAC 2313 & MAP 2302

PHY4802L Advanced Physics Laboratory (2 Credits)

Prereq: PHY 3101L

PHY4910 Physics Research and Seminar (1 Credit)

Prereq: PHY 3101

Major Electives (3 credits)

SELECT ONE FROM THE FOLLOWING:

- PHY 3722C Electronics for Scientists
- PHZ 3404 Solid State Physics
- PHZ 4160 Adv Topics Physics
- PHZ 4303 Nuclear Physics

AST2002 Basic Astronomy (3 Credits)

COP2220 Computer Science I (3 Credits)

ESC2000 Earth Science (3 Credits)

MAP2302 (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations (3 Credits)

Prereq: MAC 2312

Free Electives (6 credits)

SELECT 6 HRS (3000/4000 LEVEL)

This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate).

For the Elective, I was planning on taking Advanced Topics in Physics and Electronics for Scientists.

Mathematics Degree:

Major: Mathematics

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Prerequisites (22 credits)

Requires grades of C or above.

MAC2311 (GM) Calculus I (4 Credits)

MAC2312 (GM) Calculus II (4 Credits)

MAC2313 (GM) Calculus III (4 Credits)

MAP2302 (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations (3 Credits)

SCIENTIFIC COMPUTER PROGRAMMING COURSE

Department recommends a computer programming language course in PASCAL, FORTRAN, C, C+, C++

- COP

1 laboratory-based science course designed for science majors.

- BSC CHM PHY GLY

Grades of C or above required in all major courses.

Note: All transfer courses require prior approval of department chairperson.

The math department recommends MAA 4211, MAA 4212 and MAS 4301 be taken in the senior year.

MHF3202 (GM)Foundations of Mathematics (4 Credits)

Prereq: MAC 2312

MAS3105 (GM) Linear Algebra (4 Credits)

Prereq: MAC 2312

MAS4301 (GM) Abstract Algebra I (4 Credits)

Prereqs: MAS 3105 & MHF 3202

MAA4211 (GM) Advanced Calculus I (4 Credits)

Prereqs: MAC 2313, MAS 3105, & MHF 3202

MAA4212 (GM) Advanced Calculus II (3 Credits)

Prereq: MAA 4211

Contextual Courses (4 credits)

STA4321 (GM)Probability and Statistics (4 Credits)

Prereq: MAC 2312

Major Electives (12 credits)

Please check catalog course descriptions for prerequisite requirements.

SELECT 4 COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING:

- MAA 4402 Complex Analysis
- MAD 3107 Discrete Mathematics
- MAD 4203 Combinatorics
- MAD 4301 Graph Theory
- MAD 4401 Numerical Analysis
- MAD 4505 Discrete Biomathematics
- MAP 3170 Financial Mathematics for Actuarial Science
- MAP 4231 Operations Research
- MAP 4341 Elementary Partial Differential Equations
- MAS 3203 Number Theory
- MAS 4156 Vector Analysis
- MAS 4302 Abstract Algebra II
- MHF 3404 History of Mathematics
- MTG 3212 Modern Geometry
- MTG 4302 Elementary Topology
- STA 4322 Statistical Theory
- STA 4672 Prob. Models w/ App to Actuarial Science

MAS4932 Capstone Experience in Math (3 Credits)

Prereq: Senior standing & permission of department

Minor Required

Bachelor of Science students majoring in mathematics or statistics must select a minor from among biology, physics, computer science, statistics (for mathematics majors only), chemistry, economics, business, or mathematics (for statistics majors only). Double majors are exempt from a minor

Free Electives (7 credits)

SELECT 7 HRS FREE ELECTIVES 3000/4000

This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total hour requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate).

In the end, this post is about searching for some other opinions and perspectives. In terms of the electives for the Physics degree and the Math degree, what would be good elective courses to take if my end goal is Astronomy?