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 some of the principles of astronomy, physics, and mathematics and learn to think critically and evaluate, interpret, and solve some 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, with technical skills and problem-solving experience providing advantage in the modern, high-tech world.

Principal (Required) Courses

Five courses are required to complete the minor:

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

Note that AS courses with numbers above 203 have physics (PY) and/or math (MA) prerequisites that affect scheduling and level of effort required for this minor. Meeting early with an Astronomy academic advisor is strongly recommended.