Academic Catalog

Astronomy Minor

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a minor in astronomy to qualified students. The requirement
for a minor consists of the following:

PHY 2170University Physics for Scientists I 14
or PHY 2130 Physics for the Life Sciences I
PHY 2171University Physics Laboratory 11
or PHY 2131 Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory
PHY 2180University Physics for Scientists II 14
or PHY 2140 Physics for the Life Sciences II
PHY 2181University Physics Laboratory II 11
or PHY 2141 Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory
PHY 3300Introductory Modern Physics 33
PHY 3310Introductory Modern Physics Laboratory2
Select three courses from the following:9
Astronomical Techniques 2
Planetary Astronomy and Space Science
Astrophysics and Stellar Astronomy
Galaxies and the Universe
Total Credits24

If students take PHY 2130 and PHY 2140 then they must earn a cumulative 3.0 g.p.a. in those courses to be able to take PHY 3300.


If students choose to take AST 4100 as one of the elective upper-level astronomy classes, then, AST 4200 is a co-requisite. 


MAT 2010 and MAT 2020 are prerequisites for this course. 

Many science and/or engineering majors already take the required calculus and basic physics sequence as part of their studies, however, non-science majors are unlikely to be able to complete the minor in under 24 credits. Students should consult the departmental Undergraduate Academic Advisor for approval of the minor prior to undertaking the program.

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