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**College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate Admission Requirements**

A minimum of 26 credit hours; 23 credit hours must be in courses acceptable toward graduation.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work.

- Transfer students must have a 2.00 transfer GPA
- Continuing UNM students must have a 2.00 institutional GPA

Demonstrated academic achievement by satisfying the following:

- Completion of General Education Curriculum: Communication
- Completion of General Education Curriculum: Mathematics and Statistics
- Completion of General Education Curriculum: Second Language

Completion of Department of Physics and Astronomy admission coursework with a grade of "C" or better:

- PHYS 1310

**Additional Information**

The basic courses PHYS 1310, 1310L, 1320, 1320, 2310, 2310L and MATH 1512, 1522 and 2531 are prerequisite to all 300-level and higher physics and astronomy courses, and are required prerequisites for major and minor study in Physics and in Astrophysics for either the B.S. or the B.A. degree. For the B.S. in Astrophysics, ASTR 2110, 2110L, 2115 and 2115L are also required.

**Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astrophysics**(B.A.)**Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics**(B.S.)**Bachelor of Science in Physics**(B.S.)

Concentrations: Biophysics; Earth and Planetary Sciences; Optics.**Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Physics**(Dual Degree)**Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Astrophysics**(Dual Degree)

The B.A. in Physics and Astrophysics is designed for people interested in physics, astrophysics and science in general who are not seeking a career in scientific research. Rather, these students should use the flexibility within the program to choose minors or an additional major in other areas, such as management, education, communications, journalism, economics, history, political science, etc.

The B.S. in Physics and the B.S. in Astrophysics are designed to prepare students to attend graduate school in those fields, and are also intended for students seeking careers which do not require graduate study.

First year students planning to major or minor in physics or astrophysics, if they have the necessary mathematics, usually take PHYS 1310, 1310L and MATH 1512 in their first semester, and PHYS 1320, 1320L and MATH 1522 in their second semester. There is some flexibility in these prerequisites.

For admission to any degree program in the department, within the College of Arts and Sciences, in any given semester, it is required that the student have passed PHYS 1310, or a more advanced physics course, with a grade of "C" (not "C-") or higher.

Academic advisement is required **each semester** for students majoring in physics or astrophysics. Students in University College with an area of interest or a definite major in mind in this department should meet with a departmental advisor as soon as possible, to ensure that they obtain current curriculum and admissions policies as well as specific advice on how to meet the requirements for admission.

All coursework required for a Physics/Astronomy major completion (including supportive course work and pre-requisites) must be successfully completed within three attempts. An attempt includes receiving any letter grade (A through F), WP, WF, W, WNC, CR, NC, I or AUDIT. This includes courses offered by other departments at UNM or other institutions. Students will not be able to continue in a Physics/Astronomy major or pre-major status if they do not successfully complete a required course within the three attempts. After that, students will be required to change their declared major.

Students are not allowed to receive credit for both PHYS 1230 and 1310, nor for both PHYS 1240 and 1320.

**Requirements:** ASTR 2115, 2115L; PHYS 2415, **330; one course chosen from: PHYS **301, **303, *405, *491; four additional 3 credit hour upper-level courses in Physics or Astronomy, one of which must be in Astronomy and one of which must be a laboratory class, except for any one of the following problems courses: ASTR *455; PHYS *451, *452

**Required supportive courses:** MATH 311, **316

**Requirements:** ASTR *421, 422; PHYS 2415, **301, **303, **304, **330, **366, *405, (*406 or *491); 6 credit hours of Astronomy courses numbered above 399 except for *455 and 456

**Required supportive courses:** MATH **316

No minor is required for the B.S. in Astrophysics, although an optional minor or second major may be selected.

**Requirements:** PHYS 2415, **301, **303, **304, **306L, **307L, **330, **366, *405, *406, *491, *492, *493L; one 3-credit hour Physics course numbered above 300. PHYS 451, *452, and 456 cannot be substituted for the 3-credit hour elective course numbered above 300.

**Required supportive courses:** CHEM 1215, 1215L, 1225, 1225L; MATH **314, **316

No minor is required for the B.S. in Physics, although an optional minor or second major may be selected.

**Concentrations**

**Biophysics**

**Requirements:**PHYS 2415, **301, **303, **304, **307L, **330, **366, *405; BIOL 2110C, 2410C, 303, 303L, 304, 304L. Four electives from: PHYS **302, **302L; BIOC *423; BIOL *425, *429, 436L, 437, 444, 446, 470, 492, 547; BME 517, 544, 570; CBE 530; (CHEM **301 and 303L), (CHEM **302 and 304L), CHEM **315

**Required supportive course:**MATH **316**Earth and Planetary Sciences**

**Requirements:**PHYS 2415, **301, **307L, **303, **304, (**327 or EPS 436), **330, **366, *405; (GEOL 1110, 1110L) or (GEOL 1120, 1120L); four electives from: EPS *439, 443, 450L, 457L, 462, 476

**Required supportive courses:**MATH **314, **316**Optics**

**Requirements:**PHYS 2415, **301, **302, **302L, **303, **304, **330, **366, *405, *406. Optics elective number 1: must be chosen as one of ASTR 426; PHYS *463, *464; ECE *475. Optics elective number 2: must be chosen as one of PHYS *430, *477L, *493L, 554. In addition, these two electives must be chosen in such a way that one of the Optics electives is either PHYS *430 or ECE *475. Science/Engineering/Math elective number 1: must be at the 200-level or above; Science/Engineering/Math elective number 2: must be at the 300-level or above

**Required supportive courses:**CHEM 1215, 1215L, 1225, 1225L; MATH **314, **316

Content on specific courses overlaps enough to necessitate restricting credit of both courses toward a student’s degree. These courses are not considered equivalent and the completion of the second course in a pair will not affect a student’s earned hours on the transcript. Students should consult their advisor if they feel the incorrect course is applied for credit on their degree audit.

Students will be allowed to apply only one of the following courses in each pair for credit towards a degree:

- PHYS 1230
*-or-*PHYS 1310 - PHYS 1240
*-or-*PHYS 1320

Complete requirements for BSEE degree as found in this catalog under the School of Engineering.

Completion of: PHYS 330; PHYS 303; PHYS 491; one course chosen from ASTR 270 or ASTR 271, PHYS 302L, PHYS 307L, PHYS 476L; one course chosen from ASTR 423, ECE/PHYS 534, PHYS 492, PHYS 430, PHYS 493L, PHYS 450, PHYS 480, PHYS 463, PHYS 464, PHYS 405

Complete requirements for BSEE degree as found in this catalog under the School of Engineering.

Completion of: PHYS 330; ASTR 270 or 271; any two courses chosen from ASTR 423, ECE/PHYS 534, PHYS 301, PHYS 302, PHYS 303, PHYS 302L, PHYS 307L, PHYS 476L, PHYS 491, PHYS 430, PHYS 493L, PHYS 450, PHYS 480, PHYS 463, PHYS 464, PHYS 405

The two courses PHYS 2415; **MATH 316; three courses chosen from: PHYS **301, **302, **302L or **307L, **303, **304, **330, *405, *406

The four courses ASTR 2115; PHYS 2415, **330; MATH **316; one course chosen from: PHYS **301, **302, **302L or **307L, **303, *405; 3 credit hours of Astronomy courses numbered above 399

The Departmental Honors program in Physics and Astronomy is designed to provide additional depth to the student’s knowledge in a special area of contemporary physics, and to ground that knowledge in their understanding of the world around them. As the standard undergraduate curriculum is rather tightly defined and scheduled, the Honors Program allows each Honors Student the opportunity to be directly involved in the choice of an addition to his/her educational program. In addition, the program offers the student the opportunity to work closely with one or two professors.

During each of the last two semesters of the student’s undergraduate program, and upon selecting an original research topic that is developed in consultation with a faculty mentor, the student should register for the 1 credit hour honors course, ASTR/PHYS 456. This registration requires the prior approval of the faculty mentor in question. As an honors award is of a departmental nature, the student and mentor should submit an initial proposal outlining the intended work as early as possible, and certainly before the end of the fourth week of the semester in which the work is begun. The proposal is submitted to the department’s Undergraduate Majors Committee for initial approval.

Successful completion is demonstrated by a **final, formal, written thesis as well as oral and poster presentations.** Approval of the thesis as achieving the level and standard intended for Honors work is made by a subcommittee of the Undergraduate Majors Committee, thereby providing some uniformity for the department. Finally, the student’s overall grade point average within the major must be 3.25 or greater at the time of graduation.

**ASTR 1115. Introduction to Astronomy. (3)**

**ASTR 1115L. Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory. (1)**

**ASTR 1996. Topics. (1-6, no limit Δ)**

**ASTR 2110. General Astronomy I. (3)**

**ASTR 2110L. General Astronomy I Laboratory. (1)**

**ASTR 2115. General Astronomy II. (3)**

**ASTR 2115L. General Astronomy II Laboratory. (1)**

**ASTR 2996. Topics. (1-6, no limit Δ)**

**ASTR *421. Concepts of Astrophysics I. (3)**

**ASTR 422 / 538. Concepts of Astrophysics II. (3)**

**ASTR 423 / 539. Radio Astronomy. (3)**

**ASTR 426 / 526. Optics and Instrumentation. (3)**

**ASTR *427. Topics in Planetary Astronomy. (3)**

**ASTR *455. Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)**

**ASTR 456. Honors Problems. (1, may be repeated once Δ)**

**ASTR 526 / 426. Optics and Instrumentation. (3)**

**ASTR 536. Advanced Astrophysics I. (3, may be repeated once Δ)**

**ASTR 537. Advanced Astrophysics II. (3, may be repeated once Δ)**

**ASTR 538 / 422. Concepts of Astrophysics II. (3)**

**ASTR 539 / 423. Radio Astronomy. (3)**

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**PHYS 1110. Physics and Society. (3)**

**PHYS 1115. Survey of Physics. (3)**

**PHYS 1115L. Survey of Physics Laboratory. (1)**

**PHYS 1120. Introduction to Applied Physics. (3)**

**PHYS 1125. Physics of Music. (3)**

**PHYS 1125L. Physics of Music Laboratory. (1)**

**PHYS 1230. Algebra-Based Physics I. (3)**

**PHYS 1230L. Algebra-Based Physics I Laboratory. (1)**

**PHYS 1231. Problems in Algebra-Based Physics I. (1)**

**PHYS 1240. Algebra-Based Physics II. (3)**

**PHYS 1240L. Algebra-Based Physics II Laboratory. (1)**

**PHYS 1241. Problems in Algebra-Based Physics II. (1)**

**PHYS 1310. Calculus-Based Physics I. (3)**

**PHYS 1310L. Calculus-Based Physics I Laboratory. (1)**

**PHYS 1311. Problems in Calculus-Based Physics I. (1)**

**PHYS 1320. Calculus-Based Physics II. (3)**

**PHYS 1320L. Calculus-Based Physics II Laboratory. (1)**

**PHYS 1321. Problems in Calculus-Based Physics II. (1)**

**PHYS 1996. Topics. (1-6, no limit Δ)**

**PHYS 2310. Calculus-Based Physics III. (3)**

**PHYS 2310L. Calculus-Based Physics III Laboratory. (1)**

**PHYS 2311. Problems in Calculus-Based Physics III. (1)**

**PHYS 2415. Computational Physics. (3)**

**PHYS 2996. Topics. (1-6, no limit Δ)**

**PHYS **300. Topics in Physics and Astronomy. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)**

**PHYS **301. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics. (3)**

**PHYS **302. Introduction to Photonics. (3)**

**PHYS **302L. Optics Lab. (3)**

**PHYS **303. Analytical Mechanics I. (3)**

**PHYS **304. Analytical Mechanics II. (3)**

**PHYS **306L. Junior Laboratory. (3)**

**PHYS **307L. Junior Laboratory. (3)**

**PHYS 311. Problems in Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics. (1)**

**PHYS 313. Problems in Analytical Mechanics I. (1)**

**PHYS 314. Problems in Analytical Mechanics II. (1)**

**PHYS **327. Geophysics. (3)**

**PHYS **330. Introduction to Modern Physics. (3)**

**PHYS 331. Problems in Introduction to Modern Physics. (1)**

**PHYS **366. Mathematical Methods of Physics. (4)**

**PHYS *400. Seminar. (1, may be repeated five times Δ)**

**PHYS *405. Electricity and Magnetism I. (3)**

**PHYS *406. Electricity and Magnetism II. (3)**

**PHYS 415. Problems in Electricity and Magnetism I. (1)**

**PHYS 416. Problems in Electricity and Magnetism II. (1)**

**PHYS 445 / 545. Introduction to Quantum Information Science. (3)**

**PHYS *450. Introduction to Subatomic Physics. (3)**

**PHYS 451 / 551. Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)**

**PHYS *452. Research Methods. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)**

**PHYS 456. Honors Problems. (1, may be repeated once Δ)**

**PHYS *463. Advanced Optics I. (3)**

**PHYS *464. Laser Physics I. (3)**

**PHYS *466. Methods of Theoretical Physics I. (3)**

**PHYS 468. Problems in Methods of Theoretical Physics I. (1)**

**PHYS *476L. Experimental Techniques of Optics. (3)**

**PHYS *477L. Experimental Techniques of Optics. (3)**

**PHYS 480. Special Topics in Physics and Astronomy. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)**

**PHYS *491. Intermediate Quantum Mechanics I. (3)**

**PHYS *492. Intermediate Quantum Mechanics II. (3)**

**PHYS *493L. Contemporary Physics Laboratory. (3)**

**PHYS 496. Problems in Intermediate Quantum Mechanics I. (1)**

**PHYS 497. Problems in Intermediate Quantum Mechanics II. (1)**

**PHYS 500. Advanced Seminar. (1-3 to a maximum of 12 Δ)**

**PHYS 501. Advanced Seminar. (1-3 to a maximum of 12 Δ)**

**PHYS 505. Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics. (3)**

**PHYS 511. Electrodynamics. (3)**

**PHYS 521. Graduate Quantum Mechanics I. (3)**

**PHYS 522. Graduate Quantum Mechanics II. (3)**

**PHYS 523. Quantum Field Theory I. (3)**

**PHYS 524. Quantum Field Theory II. (3)**

**PHYS 529. Condensed Matter I. (3)**

**PHYS 534. Plasma Physics I. (3)**

**PHYS 542. Particle Physics I. (3)**

**PHYS 545/445. Introduction to Quantum Information Science. (3)**

**PHYS 551 / 451. Problems. (1-4 to a maximum of 16 Δ)**

**PHYS 552. Problems. (1-4 to a maximum of 16 Δ)**

**PHYS 554. Advanced Optics II. (3)**

**PHYS 559. Internship in Optical Science and Engineering. (3)**

**PHYS 564. Laser Physics II. (3)**

**PHYS 566. Quantum Optics. (3)**

**PHYS 568. Nonlinear Optics. (3)**

**PHYS 569. Advanced Topics in Modern Optics. (3, may be repeated once Δ)**

**PHYS 571. Quantum Computation. (3)**

**PHYS 572. Quantum Information Theory. (3)**

**PHYS 581. Advanced Topics in Physics and Astrophysics. (3, may be repeated three times Δ)**

**PHYS 599. Master's Thesis. (1-6, no limit Δ)**

**PHYS 650. Research. (1-12 to a maximum of 24 Δ)**

**PHYS 699. Dissertation. (3-12, no limit Δ)**

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