Student interest in astrophysical phenomenon has always been strong, and is on the rise with recent developments, such as the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA's Artemis Lunar program, black hole imaging and more. Astrophysics is a burgeoning field that not only captures the public interest, but has implications for terrestrial problems as we observe extreme environments in "nature's laboratory." In the last two decades the Nobel prize in physics has been awarded seven times for astrophysical discoveries. Offered by the Department of Physics, the Minor in Astrophysics has scientific merit, student interest and employment value. The certificate provides students with the opportunity to do bright sky astronomy in a large city and to design and build instruments and analyze resulting data.

This certificate is open to all students.

Campus Location: Main

Contact Information

Matthew Newby

Minor Requirements

All courses listed below have prerequisites. For more information, please check the course descriptions or ask an advisor.

Students desiring a minor in Astrophysics are required to satisfy the following:

Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics I
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I
General Physics I
Honors General Physics I
Select one of the following:4
Elementary Classical Physics II
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II
General Physics II
Honors General Physics II
PHYS 2796Introduction to Modern Physics 14
PHYS 3424Introduction to Astrophysics3
Select two of the following:5-7
Introduction to Astronomy
Observational Astronomy Through Design
Undergraduate Research
Total Credit Hours20-22

PHYS 2796 has a concurrent prerequisite of MATH 2043 or MATH 2943.