Undergraduate course

Introduction in Astrophysics

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codePHYS109
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
  • Resources

Objectives and Content


The course gives a broad overview of fundamental astrophysics. The course imparts how the basic laws of physics can be utilized to understand and explain observations of processes and phenomena in stars, planets, galaxies and interstellar matter.


The course gives a broad introduction to classical astrophysics with a special emphasis on the physical processes involved. Topics covered in the course include astrophysical observations, the structure and radiation of the sun, the planets and their atmosphere and energy budget, moons, the life cycle of a star from protostar to supernova, the Milky Way, interstellar matter, galaxies, and cosmology.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • has a broad overview of the basic concepts of astrophysics
  • has basic knowledge on selected observational techniques in astrophysics
  • can describe some basic processes in stars, other objects and matter in space


The student

  • can apply knowledge in physics and mathematics to solve simple problems in astrophysics and to reason with scientific arguments
  • can explain relevant scientific methods and expressions, and discuss important theories, problems and solutions with fellow students
  • can find, evaluate and point to scientific information, carry out a literature study and write a report of a selected topic

General competence

The student

  • has general knowledge of the scientific connection between basic physics and key elements in astrophysics
  • can explain selected problems for discussion in astrophysics
  • can put into practice norms for academic writing

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Contact Information

Studierettleiar kan kontaktast her: studieveileder@ift.uib.no

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examiantion

    18.02.2020, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline