A minor in astronomy is designed for non-physics majors who have an interest in the field and wish to explore it at more than a superficial level. The minor can easily be completed within 3 years; interested students are encouraged to take the introductory physics sequence (Phy 125-126) before the end of their sophomore year. PHY 115-116 can be substituted, but only with departmental permission.
Required Courses

  • PHY 125 - General Physics I
  • PHY 126 - General Physics II
  • PHY 220 - Modern Physics
  • PHY 230 - Intermediate Physics Laboratory
  • AST 110 - Introductory Astronomy
  • AST 210 - Intermediate Astronomy
  • AST 310 - Astrophysics

Elective Courses
In addition to the required courses, two electives must be taken.

  • PHY250 - Energy, Physics and the Environment
  • PHY 280 - Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences
  • PHY 300 - Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics
  • PHY 301 - Intermediate Electro-magnetic Theory
  • PHY 310 - Electronics/Instrumentation
  • PHY 330 - Introduction to Material Science
  • PHY 340 - Classical Mechanics
  • PHY 350 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • AST 330 - Relativity and Cosmology
  • AST 395 - Independent Work in Physics
  • MA 221 - Linear Algebra
  • MA 222 - Calculus III
  • MA 231 - Differential Equations with Applications
  • MA 316 - Scientific Computation

Astronomy Minor Checklist

Review the Astronomy Minor Checklist (PDF) with your academic advisor to ensure that you are taking the necessary courses and credits to graduate. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor or visit the Academic Advising website for more information.