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
7 courses
before admission to the program.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the
Office of Admissions
website.
Required prerequisites
Mathematics Core
Take exactly 3 course(s) totaling exactly 12 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)
·
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
·
MATH 2243  Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 2373  CSE Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 2574H  Honors Calculus IV
(4.0 cr)
Required prerequisites
Physics Core
Take exactly 4 course(s) totaling exactly 16 credit(s) from the following:
Physics I
·
PHYS 1301  Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I
[PHYS]
(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)
·
Thermodynamics
·
PHYS 2201  Introductory Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
(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 18 upper division (3xxxlevel or higher) credits outside the major designator. These credits must be taken in designators different from the major designator and cannot include courses that are crosslisted with the major designator. The major designator for the Astrophysics BA is AST.
AST 1011H is recommended but it does not count towards the Astrophysics BA.
At least 16 upperdivision credits in the major must be taken at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.
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 FirstYear Experience course sequence.
Core Courses
Take exactly 9 course(s) totaling exactly 34 credit(s) from the following:
Astrophysics
Take exactly 3 course(s) totaling exactly 12 credit(s) from the following:
·
AST 2001  Fundamental Astrophysics
(4.0 cr)
·
AST 4001  Astrophysics I
(4.0 cr)
·
AST 4002  Astrophysics II
(4.0 cr)
·
Physics
Take exactly 5 course(s) totaling exactly 18 credit(s) from the following:
·
PHYS 2601  Quantum Physics
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 3041  Mathematical Methods for Physicists
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 3605W  Modern Physics Laboratory
[WI]
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4001  Analytical Mechanics
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4002  Electricity and Magnetism
(4.0 cr)
·
Multivariable Calculus
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 4 credit(s) from the following:
·
MATH 2263  Multivariable Calculus
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 2374  CSE Multivariable Calculus and Vector Analysis
(4.0 cr)
or
MATH 2573H  Honors Calculus III
(4.0 cr)
Technical Electives
Any AST 4xxx, 5xxx, or its crosslist that is not counting towards a different major requirement may count as a technical elective. When choosing technical electives, students work with the departmental advisor to choose an area of emphasis. The available areas of emphasis are professional, computational, industry, and secondary education. Other technical electives may be approved by the departmental advisor.
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
·
AST 5012  The Interstellar Medium
(4.0 cr)
·
AST 5201  Methods of Experimental Astrophysics
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4051  Methods of Experimental Physics I
(5.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4101  Quantum Mechanics
(4.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4303  Electrodynamics and Waves
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4511  Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4611  Introduction to Space Physics
(3.0 cr)
·
PHYS 4621  Introduction to Plasma Physics
(3.0 cr)
·
AST 4031  Interpretation and Analysis of Astrophysical Data
(4.0 cr)
or
AST 5031  Interpretation and Analysis of Astrophysical Data
(4.0 cr)
·
AST 4041  Computational Methods in the Physical Sciences
(4.0 cr)
or
PHYS 4041  Computational Methods in the Physical Sciences
(4.0 cr)
Capstone
This requirement can be met with directed research in astrophysics or a project tailored to the specific area of interest. The astrophysics capstone is carried out under the supervision of faculty member. The student is responsible for identifying and contacting the advisor. The topics, scope of the project, as well as the specifics of the final writeup are to be decided in close consultation with the faculty advisor.
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling 2  4 credit(s) from the following:
Students who double major within CLA and choose to complete the capstone requirement in their other major are still required to take the Astrophysics BA capstone.
·
AST 4994W  Directed Research
[WI]
(2.05.0 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]
(2.05.0 cr)
·
PHYS 3605W  Modern Physics Laboratory
[WI]
(3.0 cr)


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