Minor in Astronomy

The astronomy minor is designed for students interested in developing a basic understanding of astronomy and astrophysics and analyzing issues through a scientific viewpoint. A minimum of 24 hours of AST and related courses are required, including 8 hours of upper-division electives to be chosen after consultation with an academic advisor.

Program Requirements

The minor in astronomy consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours. At least 12 credit hours must in upper-division courses. Required courses:

AST 113 Astronomy Laboratory I, SQ (1)*
AST 114 Astronomy Laboratory II, SQ (1)**
AST 321 Introduction to Planetary and Stellar Astrophysics, SQ (3)*
AST 322 Introduction to Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics, SQ (3)**

Choose between the course combinations below:

PHY 150 Physics I, SQ (4) or
PHY 121 University Physics I: Mechanics, SQ (3)*** and PHY 122 University Physics Laboratory I SQ (1)***


PHY 151 Physics II, SQ (4) or
PHY 131 University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, SQ (3)**** and PHY 132 University Physics Laboratory II SQ (1)****


PHY 252 Physics III, SQ (4)

Eight credit hours of electives are chosen with approval of an astronomy advisor from upper division courses in physics and astronomy.

*Both AST 113 and 321 must be taken to secure SQ credit.
**Both AST 114 and 322 must be taken to secure SQ credit.
***Both PHY 121 and 122 must be taken to secure SQ credit.
****Both PHY 131 and 132 must be taken to secure SQ credit.

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