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Astronomy

UD Grad student next to the telescope at Mt. Cuba Astronomical Observatory in Greenville, Del. Photo by Kevin Quinlan.

THE FOUNDATION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

For almost a century, the University of Delaware’s Physics and Astronomy program has provided a world class undergraduate physics education that meets the goals of STEM education. Our graduates join a variety of physical science and engineering graduate programs, enter medical school, find employment in industry and teach in high schools all over the country.

 

RELATED MAJORS

Physics

Physics Education

 

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Astrophysics
  • Planetary Formation
  • Space Weather
  • Particle Astrophysics

CAREER OPTIONS  

  • Secondary Education
  • Engineering
  • Defense and Aerospace
  • Astrophysics Graduate Programs

GRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Astrophysics  

What’s special about this program?

Astronomers investigate the fundamental properties of our physical world and develop a quantitative understanding of its phenomena. This enterprise has resulted in a deep and elegant foundation for rapid and continuing technological development. The study of Astronomy has had a profound impact on how we perceive the universe and our position in it. Nevertheless, many puzzles remain and new questions are asked every day, so that the process of discovery and explanation continues briskly.

Get Involved

Society for Physics Students

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

 

Sample curriculum

FALL

PHYS169

Perspectives on Physics and Astronomy

 

PHYS207 and PHYS227 (lab)

Fundamentals of Physics I (and lab)

 

CHEM103 and CHEM133 (lab)

General Chemistry (and lab)

 

MATH241 or MATH231 and MATH232

Analytical Geometry and Calculus A or Integrated Calculus IA and Integrated Calculus IB

 

First Year Seminar

 

 
   

SPRING

PHYS133 or PHYS144

Concepts of the Universe or Black Holes and Cosmic Evolution

 

PHYS208 and PHYS228 (lab)

Fundamentals of Physics II (and lab)

 

CISC106

General Computer Science for Engineers

 

MATH242

Analytical Geometry and Calculus B

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

University Breadth Requirement (1/9)

 

 

FALL

Physics Elective

PHYS211 - Oscillations and Waves (Recommended)

 

PHYS3XX (or higher) Elective (1/5)

PHYS310 - Introduction to Thermal Physics (Recommended)

 

MATH243

Analytical Geometry and Calculus C

 

Foreign Language Requirement (2/3)

 

 
University Breadth Requirement (2/9)  

SPRING

PHYS3XX (or higher) Elective (2/5)

PHYS309 - Physics of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (Recommended)

 

PHYS333

Fundamentals of Astrophysics

 

Foreign Language Requirement (3/3)

 

 

University Breadth Requirement (3/9)

 

 

University Breadth Requirement (4/9)

 

 

FALL

PHYS300 (or higher) Elective (3/5)

PHYS468 - Introduction to Research (Recommended/DLE and Capstone Requirements)

 

Physics Elective

 

 

Multicultural Requirement (1/1)

 

 

University Breadth Requirement (5/9)

 

 

University Breadth Requirement (6/9)

 

 

SPRING

PHYS3XX (or higher) Elective (4/5)

PHYS313 - Physical Optics (Recommended)

 

University Breadth Requirement (7/9)

Second Writing Requirement

 

University Breadth Requirement (8/9)

 

 

University Breadth Requirement (9/9)  

FALL

PHYS469

Observational Astronomy

 

Free Elective (2/8)

 

 

Free Elective (3/8)

 

 

Free Elective (4/8)

 

 

Free Elective (5/8)

 

 

SPRING

PHYS3XX (or higher) Elective (5/5)

PHYS480 - History of Physics (Recommended)

 

Free Elective (6/8)

 

 

Free Elective (7/8)

 

 

Free Elective (8/8)

 

 

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