Astronomy Minor

The astronomy minor is intended for either non-science majors who wish to explore their astronomical interests, up to and including basic astronomical observation and research, or science majors who wish to augment their major through exposure to astronomy and the planetary sciences. Unless a student majors in one of the physical sciences, meeting the minimum requirements for the astronomy minor will not prepare one for graduate work in astronomy. However, it will allow one to develop a competence in the theories, tools and techniques of astronomical discovery as used by professionals and amateurs alike.


1. A minimum of six credits from the following list of introductory astronomy courses:

PHYS 102 – Astronomy of Planets
PHYS 103 – General Astronomy
PHYS 108 – Astronomy Abroad (May Term)
PHYS 160 – Topics in Physics and Astronomy (must be an astronomy topic).

2. Either of the following two introductory physics sequences:

PHYS 231-232 – General Physics 1 and 2 (calculus-based)


PHYS 220-221 – Fundamentals of Physics (algebra-based)

3. 4 credits from the following upper level physics and astronomy classes:

PHYS 360 – Topics in Physics and Astrophysics (Must be an astronomy topic)
PHYS 370 – Independent Study or Research in Astronomy (May include a summer astronomy research program with a member of the Physics Department)

4. A minimum of four additional credits from any course listed in Sections 1 or 3.