Minor in Astronomy

Astronomy encompasses the most interesting physical phenomena in the universe, from the atmospheres of planets to the discovery and characterization of planets orbiting other stars, the nature of galaxies and the stars in them, the supermassive black holes that reside at the centers of all large galaxies, and how the universe got to be the way it is. Students minoring in Astronomy gain exposure to the principles of astronomy, physics, and mathematics. They learn to think critically and evaluate, interpret, and solve problems related to astronomical, as well as other technical and general scientific topics.

The minor in Astronomy helps prepare students for entry into the competitive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workplace. Students develop technical skills and problem-solving experience that gives them the tools to work in the modern, high-tech world.

Required Courses

Five courses are required to complete the minor, all completed with a grade of C or higher. Unless otherwise noted, all courses are 4 credit hours.

  • CAS AS 202 Principles of Astronomy I
  • CAS AS 203 Principles of Astronomy II
  • CAS AS 311 Planetary Physics
  • CAS AS 312 Stellar and Galactic Astrophysics
  • One 4-credit 400-level astronomy course, including the possibility of a Directed Study in Astronomy (CAS AS 491 or 492)

Students should meet with an Astronomy academic advisor before they pursue an Astronomy minor. Astronomy (AS) courses at the 200 level and above require Physics (PY) and Mathematics (MA) prerequisites. This will affect course scheduling and the level of effort required to complete this minor.