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Twin Cities Campus
Astrophysics MinorAstrophysics, Minnesota Institute for
College of Liberal Arts
Students in the minor learn the physical principles underlying study of the solar system, stars, galaxy, and universe, as well as the methodology behind observations and conclusions.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
Minor Requirements
Students may complete no more than one degree in the Astrophysics program: a BA or a BS or a minor.
Mathematics
Take exactly 2 course(s) totaling exactly 8 credit(s) from the following:
Calculus I
·
MATH 1271  Calculus I
[MATH]
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 1371  CSE Calculus I
[MATH]
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 1571H  Honors Calculus I
[MATH]
(4.0 cr)
·
Calculus II
·
MATH 1272  Calculus II
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 1372  CSE Calculus II
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 1572H  Honors Calculus II
(4.0 cr)
Physics
Take exactly 3 course(s) totaling exactly 12 credit(s) from the following:
Physics I
·
PHYS 1301W  Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 1401V  Honors Physics I
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
·
Physics II
·
PHYS 1302W  Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 1402V  Honors Physics II
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
·
Physics III
·
PHYS 2303  Physics III: Physics of Matter
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 2503  Physics III: Intro to Waves, Optics, and Special Relativity
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 2503H  Honors Physics III
(4.0 cr)
Introduction to Astrophysics
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 4 credit(s) from the following:
·
AST 2001  Fundamental Astrophysics
(4.0 cr)
Technical Elective
Any AST 4xxx, 5xxx, or its crosslist may count as a technical elective.
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling 3  5 credit(s) from the following:
·
AEM 4301  Orbital Mechanics
(3.0 cr)
·
AEM 4501  Aerospace Structures
(3.0 cr)
·
AST 4001  Astrophysics I
(4.0 cr)
·
AST 4002  Astrophysics II
(4.0 cr)
·
AST 5012  The Interstellar Medium
(4.0 cr)
·
AST 5201  Methods of Experimental Astrophysics
(4.0 cr)
·
EE 3601  Transmission Lines, Fields, and Waves
(3.0 cr)
·
ESCI 3006  Rocks and Stars: Introduction to Planetary Science
(3.0 cr)
·
ESCI 3303W  Geochemical Principles
[WI]
(4.0 cr)
·
MATH 3283W  Sequences, Series, and Foundations: Writing Intensive
[WI]
(4.0 cr)
·
ME 3324  Introduction to Thermal Science
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 3022  Introduction to Cosmology
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4051  Methods of Experimental Physics I
(5.0 cr)
·
AST 4031  Interpretation and Analysis of Astrophysical Data
(4.0 cr)
or
AST 5031  Interpretation and Analysis of Astrophysical Data
(4.0 cr)


Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 1271/Math 1281/Math 1371/ 
Typically offered:  Every Fall, Spring & Summer 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 1271/Math 1281/Math 1371/ 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 1271/Math 1281/Math 1371/ 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 1272/Math 1282/Math 1372/ 
Typically offered:  Every Fall, Spring & Summer 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 1272/Math 1282/Math 1372/ 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 1272/Math 1282/Math 1372/ 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Phys 1201W/1301W/1401V/1501V 
Typically offered:  Every Fall, Spring & Summer 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Phys 1201W/1301W/1401V/1501V 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Phys 1202W/1302W/1402V/1502V 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Phys 1202W/1302W/1402V/1502V 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Phys 2303/2403H/2503/2503H 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Phys 2303/2403H/2503/2503H 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Phys 2303/2403H/2503/2503H 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall & Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Typically offered:  Spring Even Year 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Spring Even Year 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Math 2283/3283W 
Typically offered:  Every Fall & Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF or Aud 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall & Spring 
Credits:  3.0 [max 3.0] 
Typically offered:  Spring Odd Year 
Credits:  5.0 [max 5.0] 
Typically offered:  Every Fall 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Ast 4031/Ast 5031 
Grading Basis:  AF only 
Typically offered:  Every Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Ast 4041/Phys 4041 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall & Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Ast 4041/Phys 4041 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall & Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Ast 5022/Phys 5022 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall & Spring 
Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  Ast 5022/Phys 5022 
Typically offered:  Periodic Fall 