Minor in Astrophysics

About the Minor

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.

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

Admission Requirements

Consultation with the Physics Department.

For more information about this minor, please visit the CoAS minors web page.

Program Requirements

Required Prerequisite Courses
Contemporary Physics I
and Contemporary Physics II
and Contemporary Physics III
Fundamentals of Physics I
and Fundamentals of Physics II
and Fundamentals of Physics III
Required Courses
PHYS 217Thermodynamics4.0
PHYS 231Introductory Astrophysics3.0
PHYS 232Observational Astrophysics3.0
PHYS 311Classical Mechanics I4.0
PHYS 321Electromagnetic Fields I4.0
PHYS 431Galactic Astrophysics3.0
PHYS 432Cosmology3.0
Total Credits24.0

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