Physics, Astronomy Concentration, B.S.

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Physics, Astronomy Concentration, B.S.

The Astronomy Concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Physics is offered through the College of Basic and Applied Science at MTSU. This concentration is designed for students interested in a degree specializing in astronomy, but who do not plan to attend graduate school in astronomy or astrophysics.

Humans have been looking to the stars and trying to understand how it all works since ancient times. Today, the curiosity may be the same, but the tools available have opened a universe of exciting things to unearth. From discovering new planets and stars to understanding black holes—astronomers are proving the science fiction of yesterday to be the reality of today!

Physics majors may pick from one of four different concentrations. The physics core consists of 25 semester hours of physics and astronomy and gets all Physics and Astronomy majors on a level playing field and sets you up to pursue any concentration.

  • Professional Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Applied Physics
  • Physics Teaching

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A classic approach to sky watching

A classic approach to sky watching

The Uranidrome is a user-friendly naked-eye observatory that enables students to observe sky motions in a manner similar to Greek astronomers. One can actually use the Uranidrome to determine the earth's rate of rotation, the tilt of its axis, the time of day, or the time for the earth to revolve once around the sun (one year). Campus visitors can experience the unusual structure on their own or with guided tours.

Stars for all!

Stars for all!

On the first Friday of each month, the Physics and Astronomy Department hosts a Star Party. Free and open to the public, the Star Party begins with a lecture in the Wiser-Patten Science (WPS) Hall (Room 102) and is followed by telescope observation at the MTSU Observatory, weather permitting. Families from the community join students to view the wonders of the sky. MTSU's telescope has a camera that feeds the images to 61-inch flat panel plasma displays mounted on two walls of the observatory.

News Briefs

A classic approach to sky watching

The Uranidrome is a user-friendly naked-eye observatory that enables students to observe sky motions in a manner similar to Greek astronomers. One can actually use the Uranidrome to determine the earth's rate of rotation, the tilt of its axis, the time of day, or the time for the earth to revolve once around the sun (one year). Campus visitors can experience the unusual structure on their own or with guided tours.

Stars for all!

On the first Friday of each month, the Physics and Astronomy Department hosts a Star Party. Free and open to the public, the Star Party begins with a lecture in the Wiser-Patten Science (WPS) Hall (Room 102) and is followed by telescope observation at the MTSU Observatory, weather permitting. Families from the community join students to view the wonders of the sky. MTSU's telescope has a camera that feeds the images to 61-inch flat panel plasma displays mounted on two walls of the observatory.

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CAREERS

There's almost no field of endeavor that doesn't have some part of it touched by physics. Not surprisingly, a B.S. in Physics can be that first step to any number of diverse careers! Examples include

  • Acoustics researcher 
  • Architect 
  • Astronomer 
  • Astrophysicist 
  • Design engineer 
  • Doctor 
  • High school physics teacher 
  • Laser engineer 
  • Medical physicist 
  • Naval mine warfare analyst 
  • Patent attorney 
  • Process engineer 
  • Pilot 
  • Semiconductor engineer 
  • Software developer 
  • Spacecraft designer 
  • Radio Frequency (RF) specialist 
  • Video game developer 

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • AFL Global
  • Arlington High School
  • Cheezburger Network
  • Corvel Corporation
  • Energetics Technology
  • Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
  • Gearbox Software
  • JET Programme, Japan
  • Robert Half Technology
  • RF Signatures
  • Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga
  • Middle Tennessee Medical Center
  • MiraCosta College
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Maryland

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Students in the Physics program can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics with concentrations in Applied Physics, Astronomy, Physics Teaching, or Professional Physics. Within the Professional Physics concentration are tracks in medical physics and astrophysics.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduate students can pursue a minor in Physics or Astronomy.

A minor in Physics is available for graduate students, as well.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) College of Education’s teacher licensure preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and are eligible for accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics with teacher licensure program at MTSU is designed to meet the licensure requirements set by the Tennessee Department of Education. Students should be aware that licensure requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. MTSU has not made a determination whether a specific program will meet all of the requirements of another US state or territory. MTSU recommends that students who plan to seek licensure outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency and discuss their plans with their advisor. To obtain current information about each state’s and territory’s licensure requirements and any additional regulations, students should consult the US Department of Education’s website for state contacts at https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html.

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