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4 years
Bachelor's degree
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Program description


Our program offers a welcoming, personalized educational experience that broadly prepares students for challenging careers in space sciences, nanotechnology, quantitative finance, engineering, environmental sciences, optics, computer technology, energy policy, science law, and many other fields. Our research efforts are broadly focused on condensed matter physics, materials science, and astronomy. Our physics faculty and students carry out interdisciplinary, collaborative, and hands-on research in multiple cutting-edge laboratories. Our astronomy faculty and students have exceptional access to observing opportunities at Apache Point Observatory, the Wyoming Infrared Observatory, and Red Buttes Observatory. Our researchers also use the NCAR Wyoming supercomputer and the Mount Moran cluster for their theoretical computational work.

Program content

Freshman Fall Semester

  • USP First-Year Seminar
  • Survey of Astronomy
  • Calculus I
  • Engineering Physics I

Freshman Spring Semester

  • USP Communication 1
  • General Astronomy I
  • Calculus II
  • Engineering Physics II

Sophomore Fall Semester

  • USP Communication 2
  • Methods of Physics
  • Calculus III
  • Physics III: Waves and Optics

Sophomore Spring Semester

  • A&S Core Diversity in the US
  • General Astronomy II
  • Elementary Linear Algebra
  • Physics IV: Modern Physics
  • Classical Mechanics I

Junior Fall Semester

  • Applied Differential Equations
  • Modern Electronics & Exper Technique
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism I
  • USP US & Wyoming Constitutions

Junior Spring Semester

  • Introduction to Astrophysics
  • Advanced Lab/Modern Physics & Electronics
  • Electricity and Magnetism II
  • Mathematical and Computational Physics II
  • Upper Division Elective

Senior Fall Semester

  • USP Human Culture
  • Electives
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
  • Upper Division Elective

Senior Spring Semester

  • Upper Division Elective
  • A&S Core Global Awareness
  • USP Human Culture
  • Upper Division Elective

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Student Learning Outcomes for Physics and Astronomy

Outcome 1: Conceptual and analytical understanding of the four 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.

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The University of Wyoming is located in the safe and inviting college town of Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie is a community located about two hours north of the large, metropolitan city of Denver, Colorado. Laramie is nestled in a valley at...

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University of Wyoming

1000E University Avenue
82071 Laramie

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