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University of Wyoming

Open Letter to Prospective Undergraduates

Program Brochure

2-Year Projected Course Offerings

Undergraduate Degree Programs

We offer degrees in Physics, Astronomy, and Physics Plus. Our students have gone on to many kinds of challenging and successful careers. See the career paths of alumni.

B.S. in Physics This degree is designed for students pursuing careers in science or eventually a graduate degree in physics, astronomy, or a related field.

B.A. in Physics This degree program provides a pathway for more students to major in physics, as a second major to physical chemistry, mathematics, and engineering, for example. Students planning to attend graduate school in physics or astronomy or planning a primary career in physics or the physical sciences should choose the B.S. degree instead.

B.S. Physics PLUS

Students preparing for technical careers may select this curriculum, which enables students to concentrate in physics and a coherent selection of 27 hours in an elected technical area. Examples of an elected technical area are mathematics; engineering; biology; chemistry; computer science; geophysics; atmospheric science; economics; business; technical writing.

B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics

Students wishing to pursue careers related to astronomy/astrophysics should complete a B.S. in Astronomy.

B.A. in Physics & Physics Education (Concurrent major)

Students wishing to teach physics at the secondary level can opt for a concurrent degree in both physics and physics education.

Program Goals: The undergraduate program exists to produce well-trained scientists who are competitive for jobs in the technical sector and for admission to graduate study.

    • Outcome 1 : Conceptual and analytical understanding of the 4 major areas of physics: Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism, Quantum Mechanics, and Statistical Physics
    • Outcome 2. Understanding of scientific reasoning, i.e., the roles of theory, hypothesis, and experiment in the scientific method.
    • Outcome 3: Demonstration of a working knowledge of laboratory & programming skills as they relate to gathering data and comparing data to the predictions of theoretical models.
    • Outcome 4: Ability to clearly communicate the results of scientific analysis in written and oral form.

Physics or Astronomy Minor
Physics (hrs) Astronomy (hrs)
PHYS 1210/1310 - Physics I (4) PHYS 1210/1310 - Physics I (4)
PHYS 1220/1320 - Physics II (4) PHYS 1220/1320 - Physics II (4)
PHYS 2310 - Physics III (4) PHYS 2310 - Physics III (4)
PHYS 2320 - Physics IV (3) PHYS 2320 - Physics IV (3)
2 elective courses from: ASTR 2310 - General Astronomy (4)
   PHYS 4210 - Classical Mechanics (3) ASTR 4610 - Astrophysics (3)
   PHYS 4410 - Electricity & Magnetism I (3)
   PHYS 4310 - Quantum Mechanics I (3)
   PHYS 4510 - Statistical Physics (3)
= 21 hrs = 22 hrs
(Note: Physics 2310 and above requires Calc III as a pre or co-requisite. At least 12 hours in a minor must be in courses not being counted toward the major.)