Undergraduate

Minor Requirements

The material below describes the requirements for a minor in Physics or Astrophysics. Authoritative requirements are given in the Tufts Bulletin.

Note: Acceleration credits (for example, AP credit) may not be applied toward the minor requirements.

Physics Minor

5 courses:

  1. PHY 13 - Introduction to Modern Physics.
  2. Four electives in Physics (choose any from the following):
    • PHY 1 or 11
    • PHY 2 or 12
    • any Physics courses numbered PHY 15 or higher


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Astrophysics Minor

5 courses:

  1. Three courses in astronomy (numbered AST 15 or higher).
  2. Two electives in Physics and/or Astronomy (choose any from the following):
    • PHY 1 or 11
    • PHY 2 or 12
    • PHY 13
    • any Physics courses numbered PHY 15 or higher
    • any Astronomy courses numbered AST 15 or higher


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Applied Computational Science Minor

The Minor in Applied Computational Science requires five courses and a capstone experience. To satisfy the minor the classes must be completed with a grade of C or above.

  1. Preparation courses (2 Classes)

    Students must take classes from the lists below, or classes in the same discipline that have the listed classes as prerequisites. Pre-matriculation credits may not be used to satisfy these requirements
    1. Physical and Natural Science students: Comp 11 AND Comp 15
    2. Computer Science Students: Two classes from:
      • Astronomy 31, Astronomy 32
      • Bio 13, Bio 14.
      • Chem 1, Chem 2, Chem 11, Chem 12.
      • EOS 1, EOS 2, EOS 5, EOS 51
      • Physics 11, Physics 12
    3. Mathematics Students and all other majors: COMP 15 is required from category A) and at least one course is required from category B).
  2. Probability and Statistics: One class from the list below.

    • Bio 132 Biostatistics
    • Bio 133 Ecological Models and Data
    • Math 161 Probability
    • Math 162 Statistics
    • Physics 016 Special Topics: Probability and statistics for Physicists
  3. Options: Two classes from the list below:
    • Astronomy 121 Galactic astronomy
    • Astronomy 122 Extragalactic astronomy
    • Astronomy 016 Special Topics: Astrophysics Laboratory (Required Project)
    • Bio 121 (Cross listed with Math 121) Mathematical Neuroscience
    • Comp 126 (Cross listed with Math 126) Numerical Analysis
    • Comp 128 (Cross listed with Math 128) Numerical Linear Algebra
    • Comp 136 Statistical Pattern Recognition
    • EOS 104 Geological Applications of GIS
    • Math 87 Mathematical Modeling (Required project)
    • Math 121 (Cross listed with Bio 121) Mathematical Neuroscience
    • Math 123, Mathematical Aspects of Data Analysis
    • Math 126 (Cross listed with Comp 126) Numerical Analysis
    • Math 128 (Cross listed with Comp 128) Numerical Linear Algebra
    • Math 150, Optimization
    • Physics 016 Special Topics: Computational Physics (Required Project)
  4. Capstone: The Capstone requirement can be satisfied by one of the following:
    • Senior thesis: The thesis can satisfy the capstone project requirement, but the senior thesis class cannot count towards the five credits required for the minor.
    • Class project in an approved list of courses from option 2, with a grade of C or above
    • Research evaluated by a presentation.