Astronomy (Minor)

The astronomy minor is designed for students interested in developing a basic understanding of astronomy and astrophysics and analyzing issues through a scientific viewpoint.

Degree Offered

Astronomy (Minor)
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Application Requirements

All students will be required to meet with an academic advisor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration to declare the minor and confirm that the requirements are being met. The student should also consult an academic advisor in the college or department of the major to make sure the college or department of the major allows the recognition of the minor. The Degree Audit Reporting system will be used for tracking student progress and verifying completion of the minor.

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

Required courses: (8)
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, 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 the approval of an advisor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. Electives should consist of upper-division courses in physics and astronomy.

*In order to satisfy SQ natural science general studies requirements, both a lecture and its corresponding laboratory section must be completed.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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