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Physics - Astrophysics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The B.S. program Physics - Astrophysics at California State University Northridge designed for students who desire to pursue a career in physics-related research and development either in industry or government.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of physical principles used to model natural phenomena.
  • Demonstrate ability to convey physical concepts with mathematical expressions, and effectively derive quantitative predictions from a model through mathematical analysis.
  • Demonstrate understanding of scientific methodology including:
  • a. data collection from observations, setting up laboratory experiments, and data collection from experiments.
  • b. analysis of data.
  • c. testing of a model or hypothesis by comparing with data.
  • Demonstrate competency in using computer tools, including:
  • a. use of software programs for data analysis and presentation.
  • b. numerical analysis.
  • c. computer simulations.
  • Demonstrate special knowledge of their subprogram.
  • Communicate clearly and articulately about physical concepts, findings, and interpretations in oral presentations.
  • Acquire ability to write clear, organized, and illustrated technical reports, with proper references to previous work in the area.
  • Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Credits
      120 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • The Dynamical Universe
    • The Radiative Universe
    • Analytical Mechanics
    • Electromagnetism
    • Experimental Physics
    • Quantum Physics
    • Mathematical Methods in Physics
    • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
    • Modern Optics
    • Laser Physics
    • Introduction to Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics
    • Introduction to Solid State Physics
    • Computer Applications in Physics

    English Language Requirements

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    Academic Requirements

    • Complete the “International Online Application” at Cal State Apply. 
    • A $55.00 (US currency) non-refundable processing fee.
    • Affidavit of Financial Support (.pdf) and bank statement. 
    • All OFFICIAL secondary-school records.
    • Official English translations of all academic records including certificates, degrees or diplomas. 
    • Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are also required to have the U.S. institution(s) send official transcript(s) directly to CSUN.
    • Submit a copy of your passport information page with your documents.
    • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other acceptable test (see table below). Scores must be sent directly to CSUN from the testing agency.

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    Tuition Fee

    • International

      6888 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6888 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      6888 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6888 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
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