Minor in Astronomy

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Units required for Minor: 18

Program Description

Astronomy has played an important role in the development of modern science. Recent advances in technology and space exploration have made possible many remarkable new discoveries in astronomy. For both these reasons, the study of astronomy is an excellent way for the liberal arts student to gain an appreciation of scientific knowledge and methods, and is especially recommended for students who are preparing for a teaching career.

The minor in astronomy, in combination with a major in a physical science, can help prepare students for graduate study in astronomy or astrophysics, or for a career in this field.  More information about these possibilities is available from advisors in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (12 Units)
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Solar System
Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology
Introduction to Astrobiology
ASTR 6Astronomical Observation Laboratory1
ASTR 131The Solar System and Space Exploration 3
ASTR 132Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology 3
ASTR 199Special Problems 12
Elective Courses (6 Units)
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Physical Chemistry
Introduction to C Programming
Remote Sensing
Global Climate Change
Philosophy Of Science
History of the Physical Sciences
Electrodynamics of Waves, Radiation,and Materials
Scientific Computing: Basic Methods
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Introduction to Probability Theory
Total Units18

Substitutions of up to 4 units of Physics and Physical Science courses are possible; consult a Department of Physics and Astronomy advisor.