Hello everyone, I've been doing a little thinking lately about the University I'll very probably be attending to major in astrophysics. I read a review from someone, and I know not all reviews are to be trusted, I wasn't even sure if this person majored in physics, but the review said that the physics program didn't prepare its students very well. This review was three years ago, but, I'm just curious from the standpoint of those who have gotten through college and taken physics courses or majored in physics, is the program posted below fairly rigorous? At a glance, do you think it provides a good foundation to a graduate degree based on the classes it provides? 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 CHEMISTRY 2 REQUIREMENT CHM 2046 General Chemistry II CHM 2046L General Chemistry II Lab Acceptable substitutes: CHMX046C MAC2311 (GM) Calculus I (4 Credits) 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 Major Requirements (39 credits) 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 PHY3320 Electricity and Magnetism (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: PHY 3722C Electronics for Scientists PHZ 3404 Solid State Physics PHZ 4160 Adv Topics Physics PHZ 4303 Nuclear Physics Contextual Courses (12 credits) 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). I was thinking of taking a few extra math classes for a minor when I get there, but that all depends on how I feel when I finish the required math and take actual physics courses.