The minor in Astronomy and Planetary Science is a flexible program that compliments a Physics major or with some extra work, can stand on its own. In additon to the introductory sequence of math and physics courses, students will take the following upper division (junior/senior) courses:
and choose from a number of courses in the Physics and Earth Science departments, possibly including
The Physics doctoral program is a point of pride at UCSB, recently being ranked as a top five program by the National Research Council and in the top 10 programs in the world in the Space Science subfield by US News and World Report. The program combines one to three years of coursework with several years of directed research. Students are typically fully funded through fellowships, research funding, and/or teaching assistantships. There are two options for the Physics Ph. D.:
For more details on the structure of the Ph. D. program and application instructions, see the Physics Department graduate education page.
While the traditional Physics Ph.D. program gives students a broad and strong slate of courses to prepare them for research in any area of Physics, the Astrophysics emphasis is designed for student that know they want to get started immediately in Astrophysics research.
Fewer core physics courses are required and instead students start taking the suite of astrophysics courses in their first year:
A more detailed description of the Astrophysis emphasis can be found here.