Undergraduate

Minor Requirements

The material below describes the requirements for a minor in Physics or Astrophysics. Authoritative requirements are given in the Tufts Bulletin. For more detailed information please speak with your advisor.

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. Students interested in pursuing this minor should contact Professor Peter Love.

  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.