Minor in Astrophysics

Graduates of the Minor in Astrophysics (30 ECTS) understand the principles of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The students receive a first insight into the current research topics of astrophysics. They are able to extract and understand research results from the literature, as well as describe such results in writing (English).
Graduates of the extended Minor in Astrophysics (60 ECTS) in addition learn about the theoretical description of the universe, e.g. about the General Relativity Theory. A minor program of astrophysics is open only to students with the major subject program in Physics. For students who want to attend Astrophysics on the Master's level, this Astrophysics Minor on the Bachelor level is highly recommended.

The training begins with the lecture "Introduction to Astrophysics,"  followed by the lecture "Introduction to Astrobiology and Life in our Universe". Students complete an internship in the amount of approximately 250 hours, either at the ETHZ or at the Institute for Computational Science.

New structure effective fall semester 2021 (see below for older versions for students who started this minor before fall semester 2021 (and even further below if you started before fall 2019)):

Overview  Minor Astrophysics (30 ECTS)

- Compulsory and core elective modules (Pflichtmodule und Wahlpflichtmodule).

At least 20 ECTS must be completed from the following block. AST 241 must be completed.

Semester Module ECTS
5 AST 241 Introduction to Astrophysics 5
3 AST 201 Introduction to Astrobiology 5
4 AST 203 Introduction to Astronomy 5
6 PHY 352 Kontinuumsmechanik 8
5 AST 246 Computational Astrophysics (Lab & Lecture) 10
5 AST 291 Proseminar Astrophysik 2
5 AST 293 Proseminar Cosmology 2

- Elective modules (Wahlmodule)

The remaining ECTS can be chosen from the following elective modules (Wahlmodule) block:

Please note: some modules may not be offered each HS or each FS.

Semester Module ECTS
4,5 AST 231 Astronomy Practicum I

2

4,5 AST 232 Astronomy Practicum II (follows AST 231) 6
5 AST 245 Computational Astrophysics (Lecture)* 6
4,5 AST 243 Praktikum Computational Astrophysics ** 5 (9 previously)
4 AST 248 The Sun and Planets 5
4,6 AST 293 Proseminar Astrobiology 2
5 AST 512 Theoretical Astrophysics 10
6 AST 513 Theoretical Cosmology 10
5 AST 514 Planet Formation 10
5 PHY 511 General Relativity 10
6 ETHZ: Statistical Methods in Cosmology and Astrophysics 6
5 ETHZ: Cosmological Probes 6
6 ETHZ: Extrasolar Planets 6
6 ETHZ: Observational Techniques in Astrophysics 6
6 ETHZ: Physics of Star and Planet Formation 6
6 ETHZ: Astrophysics II 10

*students who take AST 246 as compulsory/elective module cannot choose AST 245

**AST 243 can be chosen after completing either AST 245 or AST 246

Note that some modules may not be offered any longer.

Overview  Minor Astrophysics (60 ECTS)

- Compulsory and core elective modules (Pflichtmodule und Wahlpflichtmodule).

At least 20 ECTS must be completed from the following block. AST 241 must be completed.

Semester Module ECTS
5 AST 241 Introduction to Astrophysics 5
3 AST 201 Introduction to Astrobiology 5
4 AST 203 Introduction to Astronomy 5
6 PHY 352 Kontinuumsmechanik 8
5 AST 246 Computational Astrophysics (Lab & Lecture) 10
5 AST 291 Proseminar Astrophysik 2
5 AST 293 Proseminar Cosmology 2

- Elective modules (Wahlmodule)

The remaining ECTS can be chosen from the following elective modules (Wahlmodule) block:

Please note: some modules may not be offered each HS or each FS.

Semester Module ECTS
4,5 AST 231 Astronomy Practicum I

2

4,5 AST 232 Astronomy Practicum II (follows AST 231) 6
5 AST 245 Computational Astrophysics (Lecture)* 6
4,5 AST 243 Praktikum Computational Astrophysics ** 5 (9 previously)
4 AST 248 The Sun and Planets 5
4,6 AST 293 Proseminar Astrobiology 2
5 AST 512 Theoretical Astrophysics 10
6 AST 513 Theoretical Cosmology 10
5 AST 514 Planet formation 10
5 PHY 511 General Relativity 10
6 ETHZ: Statistical Methods in Cosmology and Astrophysics 6
5 ETHZ: Cosmological Probes 6
6 ETHZ: Extrasolar Planets 6
6 ETHZ: Observational Techniques in Astrophysics 6
6 ETHZ: Physics of Star and Planet Formation 6
6 ETHZ: Astrophysics II 10

*students who take AST 246 as compulsory/elective module cannot choose AST 245

**AST 243 can be chosen after completing either AST 245 or AST 246

Note that some modules may not be offered any longer.

 

Older version for students who started this minor before fall semester 2021:

 (see below for older version for students who started this minor before fall semester 2019):

Overview  Minor Astrophysics (30 ECTS):

Compulsory and core elective modules (Pflichtmodule und Wahlpflichtmodule):

AST 241 must be completed.

Semester Module ECTS
5 AST 241 Introduction to Astrophysics 5
3 AST 201 Introduction to Astrobiology 5
6 PHY 352 Kontinuumsmechanik 8
5 AST 291 Proseminar Astrophysik 2
5 AST 246 Computational Astrophysics (Lab & Lecture) 10 (previously 9)
4,5 AST 231 Astronomy Practicum I

2

4,5 AST 232 Astronomy Practicum II (follows AST 231) 6
5 AST 293 Proseminar Cosmology 2

 

Overview  Minor Astrophysics (60 ECTS):

30 ECTS from the compulsory and core elective modules (Pflichtmodule und Wahlpflichtmodule).

AST 241 must be completed.

Semester Module ECTS
5 AST 241 Introduction to Astrophysics 6
3 AST 201 Introduction to Astrobiology 5
6 PHY 352 Kontinuumsmechanik 8
5 AST 291 Proseminar Astrophysik 2
5 AST 246 Computational Astrophysics (Lab & Lecture)

10 (previously 9)

4,5 AST 231 Astronomy Practicum I

2

4,5 AST 232 Astronomy Practicum II (follows AST 231) 6
5 AST 293 Proseminar Cosmology 2

 

The remaining 30 ECTS must be chosen from the following elective modules (Wahlmodule) block:

Please note: some modules may not be offered each HS or each FS.

Semester Module ECTS
5 AST 245 Computational Astrophysics (Lecture)* 6
4,5 AST 243 Praktikum Computational Astrophysics ** 9
4 AST 248 The Sun and Planets 5
5 AST 512 Theoretical Astrophysics 10
6 AST 513 Theoretical Cosmology 10
5 AST 514 Planetary and Stellar Astrophysics 10
4 AST 203 Introduction to Astronomy 5
5 PHY 511 General Relativity 10
5 ETHZ: Statistical Methods in Cosmology and Astrophysics 6
6 ETHZ: Cosmological Probes 6
6 ETHZ: Extrasolar Planets 6
6 ETHZ: Observational Techniques in Astrophysics 6
6 ETHZ: Physics of Star and Planet Formation 6
6 ETHZ: Astrophysics II 10

*students who take AST 246 as compulsory/elective module cannot choose AST 245

**AST 243 can be chosen after completing either AST 245 or AST 246

 

Older version for students who started this minor before fall semester 2019:

Overview  Minor Astrophysics (30 ECTS):

Compulsory and core elective modules (Pflichtmodule und Wahlpflichtmodule):

AST 241 must be completed.

Semester Module ECTS
3 AST 201 Introduction to Astrobiology 5
6 PHY 352 Kontinuumsmechanik 8
5 AST 291 Proseminar Astrophysik 2
5 AST 241 Introduction to Astrophysics 6
4,5 AST 243 Praktikum Computational Astrophysics 9
4,5 AST 244 Astrophotography Practicum 9

 

Overview  Minor Astrophysics (60 ECTS):

30 ECTS from the compulsory and core elective modules (Pflichtmodule und Wahlpflichtmodule).

AST 241 must be completed.

Semester Module ECTS
3 AST 201 Introduction to Astrobiology 5
6 PHY 352 Kontinuumsmechanik 8
5 AST 291 Proseminar Astrophysik 2
5 AST 241 Introduction to Astrophysics 6
4,5 AST 243 Praktikum Computational Astrophysics 9
4,5 AST 244 Astrophotography Practicum 9

 

The remaining 30 ECTS must be chosen from the following elective modules (Wahlmodule) block:

Semester Module ECTS
5 AST 245 Computational Astrophysics* 6
5 AST 246 Computational Astrophysics (Lab&Lecture)* 9
5 AST 248 The Sun and Planets 5
5 AST 512 Theoretical Astrophysics 10
6 AST 513 Theoretical Cosmology 10
5 PHY 511 General Relativity 10
5 ETHZ: Statistical Methods in Cosmology and Astrophysics 6
6 ETHZ: Cosmological Probes 6
6 ETHZ: Extrasolar Planets 6
6 ETHZ: Observational Techniques in Astrophysics 6
6 ETHZ: Physics of Star and Planet Formation 6
6 ETHZ: Astrophysics II 10

*either AST 245 or AST 246 can be chosen.