Degree Requirements

All Physics Majors

Note: All physics majors are required to fulfill three sets of requirements: Department of Physics and Astronomy Requirements, College of Science Requirements, and the University Core Requirements. 

The majority of upper level (300 level and above) physics courses must be taken in residence at Purdue. Students can use transfer credits for no more than 50 percent of the upper level physics courses in order to receive a Physics and Astronomy B.S.  Degree. Only free elective courses can be taken under the pass/non-pass grade option.

Plans of Study can be found on the College of Science majors page.

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Minors offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Astronomy Minor:

The astronomy minor provides a strong background in astronomy and astrophysics. This program is administered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The following courses describe the minimum coursework necessary to earn a minor in astronomy. All courses must be taken at Purdue University. In addition, the GPA over all Physics (PHYS) and Astronomy (ASTR) courses must be 2.0 or higher.

 

Astronomy Minor Course Requirements     15-16 credits

PHYS 34200 (Modern Physics) (3 cr.) or PHYS 34400 (Modern Physics) (4 cr.)

ASTR 36300 (Solar System Astronomy) (3 cr.)

ASTR 36400 (Stars and Galaxies) (3 cr.)

ASTR 37000 (Cosmology) (3 cr.)

Physics/Astronomy Electives Requirement (3 cr.):

Three credits chosen from PHYS/ASTR 56000 (Stellar Evolution) (3 cr.); PHYS/ASTR 56100 (Galaxies and Large Scale Structure) (3 cr.); PHYS/ASTR 56200 (Introduction to High Energy Astrophysics) (3 cr.); PHYS/ASTR 56300 (Astroparticle Physics) (3 cr.); PHYS/ASTR 56700 (Observational Techniques In Astronomy) (3 cr.); or an unapproved PHYS/ASTR course at or above the 40000 level.

 

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The physics minor provides a strong background in physics for students majoring in some other discipline at Purdue University.

To qualify for the minor, the following classes must be completed at Purdue University. In addition, the GPA over all physics (PHYS) courses must be 2.0 or higher.

Physics Minor Course Requirements         10-11 credits

PHYS 34000 (Modern Physics Laboratory) (1 cr.)

PHYS 34200 (Modern Physics) (3 cr.) or PHYS 34400 (Modern Physics) (4 cr.)

Physics Electives Requirement (6 cr.):

Six additional credits at the 30000 level or higher in physics. Except PHYS 31700, PHYS 39000, PHYS 49000 or PHYS 59000

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