Astrophysics (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

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Learn about Earth's solar system, our galaxy and the universe. Join astrophysics students and faculty who are building space-flight hardware, making astronomical observations, discovering new planets, exploring cosmology and engineering new instruments for telescopes and satellites.

Program Description

The astrophysics minor is designed for students interested in developing a background in the theoretical modeling and observational techniques of galactic and stellar astronomy, extragalactic astronomy and cosmology.

Students completing the minor are able to think critically about scientific problems by reducing complex problems to their most important attributes and are able to design experiments, observations and theoretical models that address those attributes.

Students pursuing an astrophysics minor are expected to have a strong background in physics and mathematics.

Program Requirements

The minor in astrophysics consists of a minimum of 20 credit hours. At least 12 credit hours must be upper division. Students complete 12 credit hours of required coursework and select one of three eight-credit hour options to complete the minor. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher.
Required Courses -- 12 credit hours
Electives Options -- 8 credit hours
Choose one of the following options for the additional eight credit hours. (8)
Option 1
Option 2
Option 3
In order to satisfy Scientific Thinking in Natural Sciences (SCIT) General Studies requirements, both a lecture and its corresponding laboratory section must be completed.
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BS in earth and space exploration (astrophysics); other BS in earth and space exploration concentrations are compatible with the astrophysics minor as long as option 2 or option 3 of the minor is pursued.

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major or the minor program. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Career Outlook

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors.

The astrophysics minor supplements other technical degrees with advanced problem-solving techniques and skills used in modern astrophysics research, which are applicable to a wide variety of engineering and science careers.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Aerospace Engineers

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: 126880
  Bright Outlook

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians

  • Growth: 8.3%
  • Median Salary*: 74410
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 4.6%
  • Median Salary*: 128330
  Bright Outlook

Computer Programmers

  • Growth: -11.2%
  • Median Salary*: 97800

Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.6%
  • Median Salary*: 97770

Remote Sensing Scientists and Technologists

  • Growth: 2.1%
  • Median Salary*: 107970

Atmospheric and Space Scientists

  • Growth: 4.4%
  • Median Salary*: 83780


  • Growth: 4.7%
  • Median Salary*: 142850
  Bright Outlook

Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.8%
  • Median Salary*: 86550

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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