In order to provide a solid foundation and to stay on the vanguard of cutting edge research in astronomy and physics, the Department of Physics and Astronomy offers distinct core courses in the Astronomy and Physics. Course classes in the Astronomy track may include radiative processes, extragalactic astronomy, and general relativity and can vary depending on the area of astronomy of interests. The core courses in the Physics track are the traditional core courses of classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, and statistical physics. 

Interested in seeing more courses? Click on the General Catalog link below.

In order to provide breadth and expansion to the curriculum, the department offers more advanced electives such as quantum computing, high energy astrophysics, cosmology, quantum field theory, advanced plasma physics, string theory, and quantum optics. Other advanced course are offered on an as needed basis through Special Topics. 

Graduate students, faculty and visitors all participate in weekly seminars in solid state physics, plasma physics, space physics, mathematical physics, nuclear and particle physics. The seminars are an early opportunity for graduate students to communicate research ideas and results with the faculty and their peers. 

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Course Catalog (General Catalog)

The General Catalog provides information about academic programs at the University of Iowa, and is published for informational purposes and should not be construed as the basis of a contract between a student and the University of Iowa. Every effort is made to provide information that is accurate at the time of publication.

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Current Courses (MyUI)

The MyUI Schedule displays registered courses for a particular session and is available to enrolled students with a HawkID login required. The list view includes course instructors (with a link to their email), time and location (with a link to the building in which the course is taught), and features to drop courses or change sections.