Astrophysics (Minor)

What is the universe’s fate and where did everything come from? Our minor in Astrophysics prepares you to study the biggest questions in physics while working with our collaborative hands-on faculty.

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The astrophysics minor introduces students to all subfields of astrophysics including planetary, stellar, Galactic and extragalactic astrophysics as well as cosmology and observational astrophysics. The department operates a 130mm Takahashi telescope on which students can hone their optical observing techniques.

We offer students a small department with many opportunities to get involved in research. A minor in astrophysics pairs well with many degrees including Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. Past graduates with an Astrophysics minor have gone on to work at places like Boeing and Johnson Space Center. The astrophysics minor has also been used to obtain summer and semester-long spring internships at various NASA facilities and other institutions in the space industry.

Program Overview

Illinois Tech’s minor in astrophysics can be coupled with other degrees to give students additional credentials for jobs in the highly competitive space industry. Our hands-on astrophysics program is enhanced by access to a 130mm telescope and the amenities of being embedded in a world-class city.

Career Opportunities

 With a strong background in math and science, an astrophysics minor would be well-placed for job opportunities in the space industry. The minor pairs well with these majors:

  • Physics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer science

A total of 16 credit hours of coursework must be completed to earn the Minor in Astrophysics.

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Interested in declaring a minor? Talk with your academic adviser or Academic Affairs to plan out your course schedule and fill out the Minor Request Form.

A strong background in physics and mathematics is definitely a plus. Beyond that, we only require a curiosity about the natural world and what makes it work!