New Minor in Astrophysics and Astroparticle Physics...

Reflecting the strength of the Physics department in the area of astrophysics and particle physics, the department is now offering a minor in Astrophysics and Astroparticle Physics. The minor will allow students to get a good overview over the fields of astronomy and astrophysics and/or astroparticle physics and the current topics of research in these areas. Traditionally, the field of Astronomy consists in observing celestial phenomena. Astrophysics deals with observing celestial phenomena and explaining them based on physical laws and/or deriving new physical laws with the help of celestial phenomena. Astroparticle physics is a more recent development and is focused on using the cosmos as a laboratory for doing particle physics and for testing and expanding particle physics theories.

The minor includes a solid foundation in freshman and sophomore physics (Physics 117A and 118A, or Physics 197 and 198), an Introduction to Quantum Physics (Physics 217), and an overview of the field of astrophysics and the theoretical and experimental methods astrophysicists use (Physics 312, required for all higher level astro-courses).

In addition, the minor requires to take at least two of the following six electives Intro to Quantum Physics II (Physics 318), Galactic Astrophysics (Physics 446), Intro Nuclear&Particle Physics (Physics 474), From Black Holes to Big Bang (Physics 478), Stellar Astrophysics (Physics 456), and X-ray and Gamma Ray Astrophysics (Physics 460).(2/21/14)