Astrophysics - Minor

Astrophysics encompasses physical law at the largest scales; from planets in the Solar System and planets around other stars to the evolution of galaxies and the stars that populate them, massive black holes in the center of galaxies, and the origin, growth, and ultimate fate of the Universe. Astrophysics unifies discoveries from many sciences including physics, chemistry, and biology using techniques in statistics, data mining, and applied mathematics.

The minor in Astrophysics helps to prepare students for entry into the competitive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workplace. Students develop technical skills and problem-solving experiences that expand the tools used in the modern, high-technology world. The minor is intended for anyone interested in the mathematical basis of astronomy and is especially relevant for engineering and physics students who will need a basic understanding of the physics of the Universe in their future careers. It is also suitable for students who intend to pursue careers in areas that may benefit from a technical knowledge of astronomy such as science writing, scientific journalism, or science teaching in schools.

Please view the Program Requirements tab above for more information. 

To declare a minor in Astrophysics, please contact an advisor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

ASTR 314Survey of Astronomy 23
ASTR 320Astrophysical Research Methods3
PHYS 207
PHYS 227
Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory for the Sciences 1
Directed electives6
Select two of the following:
Stars and Extrasolar Planets
Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology
Advanced Astrophysical Research Methods
Total Semester Credit Hours16

Students must make a grade of C or better in all courses.