Required Courses

Students with strong interest in astronomy or having astronomy-related career aspirations are encouraged to complete the astrophysics minor.

The minor includes:

  • a year of calculus
  • a year of calculus-based physics
  • a two-semester Introduction to astronomy and astrophysics course sequence

The program provides a strong background in the basic physics and astronomy principles necessary for success in the field.

To review complete course information, see the undergraduate catalog.

Courses required to complete the astrophysics minor (24 hours):

Prefix Course title Credit hours
ASTR 330 Astrophysics 1 4

Astrophysics 2 4
PHYC 120 General Physics 1 5

General Physics 2 5
MATH 161

Applied Calculus 1* 3

Applied Calculus 2* 3

*Calculus 1 and 2 (MATH 165, 166) provide better preparation for this minor and open avenues for other science majors and minors. They may be substituted for Applied Calculus 1 and 2 (MATH 161, 162), respectively.

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Ball State University
Cooper Physical Science Building, room 101
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Phone: 765-285-8860
Fax: 765-285-5674
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