Minor in Astrophysics

Astrophysics brings together many disparate areas of physics—gravitational physics govern the evolution of galaxies and clusters, nuclear physics dominates the cores of stars, electromagnetism governs the radiation that we use to observe these objects. Students majoring in mathematics and computer Science, as well as other disciplines, are often fascinated by the questions raised by astrophysics. The minor in astrophysics requires a total of 26.0 credits in addition to the required prerequisite courses.

Because of the overlap in requirements between the astrophysics minor and the physics minor, students cannot minor in both.

Required Prerequisite Courses *
Contemporary Physics I
Contemporary Physics II
Contemporary Physics III
Required Courses
PHYS 217Thermodynamics4.0
PHYS 311Classical Mechanics I4.0
PHYS 231Introductory Astrophysics3.0
PHYS 232Observational Astrophysics3.0
PHYS 321Electromagnetic Fields I4.0
PHYS 409Astrophysics Seminar **2.0
PHYS 431Galactic Astrophysics3.0
PHYS 432Cosmology3.0
Total Credits26.0


PHYS 101, PHYS 102, or PHYS 201 will also satisfy the prerequisite requirements.


Two terms, one credit each term.

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