Physics/Astrophysics Minor Information

Physics Minor

Requirements for the minor in physics are Physics 5A/L, 5B/M, 5C/N, (or Physics 6A/L, 6B/M, 6C/N with minimum GPA of 3.5), Physics 5D; Mathematics 19A or 20A, 19B or 20B, 23A and 23B; Physics 102, 133; and three courses chosen from physics upper-division elective (some of which have prerequisites), or from a list of courses from other departments approved by the physics undergraduate faculty adviser. The elective courses cannot be offered by the department that sponsors the student’s major. Students who complete a major sponsored by the Physics Department cannot complete a second major sponsored by the Physics Department or a physics minor.

Approved elective courses for undergrad physics minors:

All Physics Department upper division elective courses

AMS 107. Introduction to Fluid Dynamics 

AMS 114. Introduction to Dynamical Systems

EE 130. Introduction to Optoelectronics and Photonics

EE 103 Signals and systems
EE 115 Introduction to MEMS design
EE 154 Feedback control systems
EE 171 Analog electronics
EE 172 Advanced analog circuits
EE 178 Device electronics 

MATH 130. Celestial Mechanics

EE 101. Introduction to Electronic Circuits

EE 136. Engineering Electromagnetics

EE 145. Properties of Materials

EART 121. The Atmosphere

EART 160. Planetary Science

EART 172. Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

ASTR 111. Order-of-Magnitude Astrophysics

ASTR 112. Physics of Stars

ASTR 113. Introduction to Cosmology

ASTR 117. High Energy Astrophysics

ASTR 118. Physics of Planetary Systems

Astrophysics Minor

For undergraduate students having a particular interest in the subject, a minor in astronomy and astrophysics is offered. Most students who minor in astronomy and astrophysics are majors in another science, though majors in other fields are also possible.

Introductory Requirements

Calculus:  Mathematics 19A and 19B

Vector Calculus:  Mathematics 23A

 Physics:  Physics 5A/L, 5B/M, 5C/N, and 5D; or Physics 6A/L, 6B/M, 6C/N, and 5D

Advanced Requirements

Modern Physics:  Physics 102

Four upper-division astronomy electives chosen from the following:

Astronomy 111, Order-of-Magnitude Astrophysics
Astronomy 112, Physics of Stars
Astronomy 113, Introduction to Cosmology
Astronomy 117, High Energy Astrophysics
Astronomy 118, Physics of Planetary Systems
Astronomy 119, Introduction to Scientific Computing
Astronomy 171, General Relativity, Black Holes, and Cosmology
PHYS 129, Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics                                                                                           

PHYS 133, Intermediate Laboratory

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Letter Grade Policy

For all students entering UCSC in fall 2009 and later, all courses used to satisfy any of the physics minor requirements must be taken for a letter grade.