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