Astrophysics is an important and well-represented sub discipline in physics. It includes the study of the solar system, galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, as well as cosmology. A minor in this field combines a theoretical approach with observational analysis. There is opportunity to do research in this field as well.

The physics department offers minors in physics, biophysics, and astrophysics. However, it is not possible to receive a minor in more than one of these fields.  Also, physics majors may elect to receive the astrophysics or biophysics minor from the department, but not the physics minor.

A minor requires a total of 17 credit hours in which no grade below a C (2.0) may be used to meet the requirements for the minor. At least six credit hours of the requirements for the minor must be completed at CU Denver. Requirements for the minor in Astrophysics may be used to fulfill the requirements of the major in physics. However, a major in physics who wants to minor in astrophysics needs to take 15 credits in astrophysics that does not include college physics, general physics or the associated labs.

 

Program Requirements


  1. Students must complete a minimum of  17  PHYS credit hours.
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 6 upper-division (3000-level and above) PHYS credit hours.
  3. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all courses applied to minor requirements.
  4. Students must complete all minor courses taken at CU Denver and all transfer courses applying to minor requirements with a minimum grade of C-(1.7).  Students cannot complete minor course requirements as pass/fail.
  5. Students must complete a minimum of 9 PHYS credit hours with CU Denver faculty.

Program Restrictions, Allowances and Recommendations


  1. Requirements for the minor in astrophysics may be used to fulfill the requirements of the major in physics.
  2. A student majoring in physics who wants to minor in astrophysics needs to take a minimum of 15 credit hours in astrophysics that do not overlap with the major, excluding college physics, general physics or the associated labs.
  • Take the following required course:

  • PHYS 1052 - General Astronomy I
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    Take either of the following sequences:

  • PHYS 2010 - College Physics I
  • PHYS 2020 - College Physics II
  • PHYS 2030 - College Physics Lab I
  • PHYS 2040 - College Physics Lab II
  • or

  • PHYS 2311 - General Physics I: Calculus-Based
  • PHYS 2321 - General Physics Lab I
  • PHYS 2331 - General Physics II: Calculus-Based
  • PHYS 2341 - General Physics Lab II
  • Take one of the following courses:

  • PHYS 3050 - General Astronomy II
  • PHYS 3070 - Physical Cosmology
  • PHYS 3082 - Energy and the Environment
  • PHYS 3411 - Thermal Physics
  • *  PHYS 3840 - Independent Study: PHYS
  • PHYS 3939 - Internship
  • PHYS 4510 - Optics
  • PHYS 4550 - Astrophysics
  • *  PHYS 4840 - Independent Study: PHYS
  • *  PHYS 4920 - Advanced Undergraduate Seminar
  • *  PHYS 4980 - Advanced Physics Topics
  • *Topics in these classes vary, as do the number of credits that can be earned. See departmental advisor for approval.

 

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the astrophysics advisor, meet physics faculty engaged in Astrophysics research, attend departmental astrophysics-related seminars, and explore ways that astrophysics relates to research undertaken by faculty in other disciplines.

For more information, contact:

Alberto Sadun (Astrophysics advisor) or Michael "Bodhi" Rogers (Physics advisor)