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The Astrophysics program focuses on the theoretical, observational and experimental study of the Universe. Emphasis is placed on the universe on its largest scales (cosmology), its most visible constituents (stars), and on analysis of modern astronomical data sets. Undergraduates also have the opportunity to work with faculty in their research.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Liberal Studies Requirements||76|
|Total hours required||192|
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical thinking, quantitative, and mathematical skills required to answer questions about the behavior of the universe.
- Create and interpret multiple representations of astrophysics concepts through the use of mathematics, computational code, computer simulations, as well as written, graphical, and pictorial descriptions.
- Design, execute, and analyze observations to test astrophysics theories and hypotheses.
- Effectively communicate their understanding of astrophysics concepts to scientists and non-scientists.
College Core Requirements
Modern Language Requirements
Students who intend to graduate with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree will be required to demonstrate competence in a modern language equivalent to the proficiency attained from one year of college-level language study. Such competence may be demonstrated in one of several ways:
- completing the last course in the fourth-year high school sequence of any language
- completing the last course in the first-year college sequence of any language
- completing a college course beyond the first-year level in any language
- achieving a satisfactory score on any of the Modern Language placement examinations administered at DePaul
- achieving a satisfactory rating in a proficiency examination accepted by DePaul
- achieving a score of 3 or higher on the Advance Placement (AP) test for any language
- achieving a score of 5 or higher in the Language B assessment from a Standard or Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) program
- achieving a satisfactory score on the CLEP examination
Please note: Modern Languages courses with an E-designation are taught in English and may not be applied to the Modern Language Requirement.
For further information regarding satisfactory scores and possible credit from the DePaul placement, AP, CLEP, or IB examinations, please contact Student Records.
Students who complete an Inter-College Transfer (ICT) to the College of Science and Health will abide by the College of Science and Health Modern Language Requirement in place on the effective date of the ICT.
BA students who meet College requirements and wish to pursue further work in the language may elect the “Modern Language Option” of the Liberal Studies Program. While Bachelor of Science (BS) students are not required to demonstrate competency in a modern language, the “Modern Language Option” is available to them for language study at any level. Modern Languages courses with an E-designation are taught in English and may not be applied to the Modern Language Option.
Major Declaration Requirements
All students in the College are required to declare a major field prior to beginning their junior year. After researching College programs, the student should declare a major field by visiting Campus Connection and using the Declarations and Inter-College Transfer tool. The student will then be assigned a faculty advisor or staff advisor in the department or program and should make an appointment to see that advisor at his or her earliest convenience.
To change major fields, or to declare a minor or concentration, the student must use the Declarations and Inter-College Transfer tool described above. However, for the purpose of exploring the possibility of changing a major field, the student should consult an academic advisor in the College or an academic advisor in the Office for Academic Advising Support.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.
|First Year Program||Hours|
|LSP 110 |
or LSP 111
|DISCOVER CHICAGO |
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
|LSP 112||FOCAL POINT SEMINAR||4|
|WRD 103||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1||4|
|WRD 104||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1||4|
|Race, Power, and Resistance|
|LSP 200||SEMINAR ON RACE, POWER, AND RESISTANCE||4|
|PHY 330||SENIOR CAPSTONE PHYSICAL SCIENCE 1, 2||4|
Students must earn a C- or better in this course.
Students with a primary major in Physics are required to complete the Capstone offered by the Physics department. Students double majoring or pursuing dual degrees with the primary major or primary degree in Physics are required to complete the Capstone offered by the Physics department. Physics students in the University Honors Program shall take the University Honors Capstone. They are not expected to take both the Honors Capstone and the primary major or primary degree Capstone.
- 3 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- Not Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- Not required
- 3 Courses Required
Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.
In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.
|PHY 170||UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I||4|
|PHY 171||UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II||4|
|PHY 172||UNIVERSITY PHYSICS III||4|
|PHY 270||UNIVERSITY PHYSICS IV||4|
|PHY 300||METHODS OF COMPUTATIONAL AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS I||4|
|PHY 301||METHODS OF COMPUTATIONAL AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS II||4|
|PHY 330||SENIOR CAPSTONE PHYSICAL SCIENCE (Liberal Studies Program Capstone)||4|
|Select one of the following three-course Calculus sequences:||12|
|CALCULUS WITH INTEGRATED PRECALCULUS I|
|CALCULUS WITH INTEGRATED PRECALCULUS II|
|CALCULUS WITH INTEGRATED PRECALCULUS III|
|CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS I|
|CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS II|
|CALCULUS FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE MAJORS III|
|Additional Math Course|
|MAT 260||MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS I||4|
|PHY 310||MECHANICS I||4|
|PHY 320||ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM I||4|
|PHY 360||QUANTUM MECHANICS I||4|
|PHY 361||QUANTUM MECHANICS II||4|
|PHY 373||STAR FORMATION||4|
|PHY 374||STELLAR ASTROPHYSICS||4|
|PHY 375||INTRODUCTION TO COSMOLOGY||4|
|PHY 376||ASTRONOMICAL DATA ANALYSIS||4|
|PHY 380||EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS I||4|
|One PHY Elective Required||4|
|THE SUN & ITS PLANETS|
|EXPLORING OTHER WORLDS|
|FRONTIERS OF THE UNIVERSE|
For additional options, see Advisor
|MAT 261||MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS II||4|
|Select one year-long sequence of courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or computer science from the following sequences:||12|
|GENERAL BIOLOGY I FOR SCIENCE MAJORS|
|GENERAL BIOLOGY II FOR SCIENCE MAJORS|
|GENERAL BIOLOGY III FOR SCIENCE MAJORS|
|GENERAL CHEMISTRY I|
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
|GENERAL CHEMISTRY II|
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
|GENERAL CHEMISTRY III|
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III
Mathematics Sequence: Select three 300-level sequenced courses as approved by departmental advisor
Computer Science Sequence: Select any one year-long three-course sequence of CSC courses as approved by departmental faculty advisor
Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.
Students are advised to talk with their advisor before double majoring, because some major combinations are prohibited. No more than 50% of the credits that apply to one major may be drawn from another major.