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Majoring Information

We are always interested in talking with students who might major in Physics, Astronomy, or Astrophysics at F&M. Please contact one of the faculty members (preferably the department chair) to discuss options. Some information about the various majors is presented below and can be found in the course catalog.

Three majors are offered within the department of Physics and Astronomy: Physics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy. Minors in Physics and in Astronomy are also offered.

Information about our 3/2 Engineering Program can be found here.

Below are excerpts about the course requirements from the course catalog. Full details can be found in the course catalog.

A Major in Physics

A major in Physics consists of thirteen courses:
PHY 111, 112, 222, 223, 226, 333, 334, 344, and 364;
MAT 109, 110, 111, and 229.

A Minor in Physics

A minor in Physics consists of six courses:
PHY 111, 112, 223 or an approved substitute; 226; 333; and one additional Physics course above the 100-level.

A Major in Astrophysics

A major in Astrophysics consists of fifteen courses:
PHY 111, 112, 222, 223, 226, 333, 334;
PHY 344 or 364 or 336;
AST 110 or 120;
AST 210 or 220 or 230;
AST 240 or 390;
MAT 109, 110, 111, and 229.

A Major in Astronomy

A major in Astronomy consists of ten courses:
PHY 111, 112, 222, 223;
AST 110 or 120;
Any five of the following: AST 210, 220, 230, 240, either 386 or 387, 390.

A Minor in Astronomy

A minor in Astronomy consists of six courses:
AST 110 or 120; 220; and any four of AST 210, 230, 240, 370, 386, 387, 390, or 490.

Students considering a major in physics or astrophysics would normally take PHY 111 and MAT 109 or 110 in their first semester, and PHY 112 and MAT 110 or 111 in their second semester. However students have successfully completed these majors following other paths.