BSc in Physics and Astronomy

General

Program Description

This degree provides opportunities for focused study and opens doors toward a more complex understanding of the universe. This major certainly offers a wider scope than any other major, from the Big Bang to the Way Things Work, to the very center of the atom.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astronomy?

Have you ever thought about the very big things-like the universe? Or the very small, like the inside of an atom? If you ponder the big questions and look for patterns in nature's behavior, then maybe you're an astrophysicist in the making. You can find out at Northern Arizona University.

Here, you will be steeped in the sciences of physics and astronomy. Physics uses mathematics to describe why and how things work, and astronomy uses the laws of physics to reveal the nature of celestial objects. You will be encouraged to think independently, to join faculty research projects, and will benefit from the university's array of high-tech instruments and proximity to world-class Lowell Observatory. If you want to search for planets outside the solar system or learn how a laser actually works, you'll receive the guidance you need in N.A.U.'s merged major in Physics and Astronomy.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Research assistant
  • Telescope operator
  • Industrial researcher
  • Scientific programmer
  • Defense industry team member

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Planetary scientist
  • Researcher
  • University professor
  • Optical engineer

University Requirements

To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

  • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
  • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
  • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
  • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff
Last updated May 2020

About the School

Northern Arizona University is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value. As a student, you are at the center of the NAU experi ... Read More

Northern Arizona University is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value. As a student, you are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence. Read less