Astronomy Minor

A minor in astronomy provides students the opportunity to observe the stars while working with professors on important research about distant galaxies and the evolution of the universe. Students learn the principles of astronomy and the physical and mathematical concepts behind them and build critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. This minor complements many fields of study, such as science and mathematics, and it can also be of interest to students who wish to expand their horizons by exploring this complex and highly relevant field.  

Minor Requirements

Prerequisite Courses (7-8 Hours)

Course Title Credits
ASTR 101Introduction to Astronomy4
MATH 122Calculus for Business Administration and Social Sciences3-4
or MATH 142 Calculus II
Total Credit Hours7-8

Required Courses (at least 15 Hours)

  • ASTR 201
  • ASTR electives: At least 9 hours in advanced ASTR courses numbered 300 or higher

Non-ASTR electives:  With approval from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, up to 4 hours in courses from the following set:

Course Title Credits
CHEM 118Computational Chemistry I1
CSCE 145Algorithmic Design I4
EMCH 201Introduction to Applied Numerical Methods3
GEOL 201Observing the Earth4
MATH 174Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science3
PHYS 211Essentials of Physics I3
STAT 201Elementary Statistics3

Advance consultation with the Physics & Astronomy Department is recommended to ensure that course credits will be acceptable for the astronomy minor. Note that some courses in the ASTR and non-ASTR electives list may have additional prerequisites.