Campuses:
Twin Cities Campus
Astrophysics B.A.Astrophysics, Minnesota Institute for
College of Liberal Arts
The program in astrophysics develops the skills necessary to tackle complex and illdefined problems within the physical sciences and prepares students for careers in several broad areas. The program is aimed primarily for students interested in secondary education in the physical sciences, science policy, and science and technical writing. The program can also prepare students for graduate study in astrophysics.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
Admission Requirements
Students must complete
6 courses
before admission to the program.
Note: the following courses do not factor into the overall credit total for the major.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the
Office of Admissions
website.
Required prerequisites
Mathematics
Complete one pair of courses from the following sequence.
or
Calculus Sequence II
MATH 1371  CSE Calculus I
[MATH]
(4.0 cr)
MATH 1372  CSE Calculus II
(4.0 cr)
or
Calculus Honors Sequence
MATH 1571H  Honors Calculus I
[MATH]
(4.0 cr)
MATH 1572H  Honors Calculus II
(4.0 cr)
Complete one course in either Linear Algebra or Multivariable Calculus from the following sequences.
Linear Algebra
MATH 2243  Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 2373  CSE Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 2573H  Honors Calculus III
(4.0 cr)
or
Multivariable Calculus
MATH 2263  Multivariable Calculus
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 2374  CSE Multivariable Calculus and Vector Analysis
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 2574H  Honors Calculus IV
(4.0 cr)
Required prerequisites
Preparatory Physics
Complete three courses from either physics sequence.
Physics Sequence
PHYS 1301W  Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
PHYS 1302W  Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
PHYS 2503  Physics III: Intro to Waves, Optics, and Special Relativity
(4.0 cr)
or
Physics Honors Sequence
PHYS 1401V  Honors Physics I
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
PHYS 1402V  Honors Physics II
[PHYS, WI]
(4.0 cr)
PHYS 2503H  Honors Physics III
(4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about Universitywide requirements, see the
liberal education requirements.
Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of
any second language.
with a grade of C, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department
or college.
CLA BA degrees require 4 semesters or the equivalent of a second language.
CLA degrees require students to complete 48 credits of upper division coursework taken at the 3xxx, 4xxx, or 5xxx level. For a BA at least 18 of the 48 upper division credits must be outside of the major. For some specific majors, there are exceptions to this requirement.
This program requires 18 upper division credits outside the major. See your advisor for a list of courses that can or cannot be used to meet this requirement.
AST 1011H is recommended but not required. The number of credits in the major varies by area of interest, but requires at least 15 credits of AST courses.
Students may earn no more than one undergraduate degree from the Astrophysics program: a BA or a BS or a minor.
All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First Year Experience course sequence.
Major Courses
Each of the different areas of interest has the same core math, physics, and astrophysics requirements. Curriculum details for the different areassecondary education, science writing, science policy, and scientistare developed by the student in consultation with an adviser.
Astrophysics Requirement
AST 2001  Introduction to Astrophysics
(4.0 cr)
AST 4001  Astrophysics I
(4.0 cr)
AST 4002  Astrophysics II
(4.0 cr)
Physics Requirement
PHYS 2201  Introductory Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
(3.0 cr)
PHYS 2601  Quantum Physics
(4.0 cr)
PHYS 2605  Quantum Physics Laboratory
(3.0 cr)
PHYS 4001  Analytical Mechanics
(4.0 cr)
PHYS 4002  Electricity and Magnetism
(4.0 cr)
Mathematics Requirement
Take a minimum of four credits.
MATH 3283W  Sequences, Series, and Foundations: Writing Intensive
[WI]
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 4xxx
or
MATH 5xxx
Technical Electives
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
·
AST 4xxx
·
AST 5xxx
Senior Project
This requirement can be met with directed research in astrophysics or a project tailored to the specific area of interest.
AST 4994W  Directed Research
[WI]
(3.05.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0  1 course(s) from the following:
·
AST 4994W  Directed Research
[WI]
(3.05.0 cr)
·
MATH 3283W  Sequences, Series, and Foundations: Writing Intensive
[WI]
(4.0 cr)


Credits:  4.0 [max 4.0] 
Course Equivalencies:  00067  Math 1271/Math 1281/Math 1371/ 
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Course Equivalencies:  Math 1272/1282/1252/1372/1572 
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Course Equivalencies:  Math 2243/2373/2573 
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Course Equivalencies:  Math 2243/2373/2573 
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Course Equivalencies:  00069  Math 2263/2374/3251 
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Course Equivalencies:  Math 2263/2373/2573H/3251 
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Course Equivalencies:  Math 2263/2373/2573H/3251 
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Course Equivalencies:  00561  Math 2243/Math 2373/Math 2573H 
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Course Equivalencies:  00079 
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Course Equivalencies:  00080  Phys 2303/2403H/2503 
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Course Equivalencies:  00078 
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Course Equivalencies:  00079  Phys 1202W/1302W/1402V 
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Course Equivalencies:  00080  Phys 2303/2403H/2503 
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Course Equivalencies:  Math 2283/3283W 
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Course Equivalencies:  Math 2283/3283W 
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