Minor in Astronomy

Discover more about Earth, the solar system, stars, and the universe.

Astronomer looking at the stars.

"The physics department is a tight knit community. Combine this with the astonishing expertise of the faculty, and you find an amazing education and experience. This more one-on-one time facilitates lasting connections with professors and peers alike."

Harrison Roth ('24)

B.S. in Physics

About the Program

The Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts offers the minor in Astronomy. Students learn to use fundamental laws of nature and the cosmos to discover new ideas in technology and new solutions to age-old problems.

The minor

  • introduces the main facts about the solar system, stellar and galactic astronomy, and cosmology;
  • develops some of the theory needed to understand the astrophysics of those systems; and
  • teaches students observational techniques, including telescopes and astrophotography.

Studying astronomy leads to a unique and effective approach to problem-solving that many employers value.  

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    Program Information

    Program Type


    Area of Study

    Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology


    Program Location


    Required Credit Hours


    Academic Requirements

    A minor in Astronomy consists of 18 credit hours of courses.

    • Astr 103: Intro Astronomy of the Solar System
    • Astr 204: Astronomy of Stars and Galaxies
    • Astr 325: Astrophysics
    • Astr 436: Introduction to Cosmology
    • Phys 317: Introduction to Modern Physics I
    • Phys 319: Optics


    Choosing a Combination with Astronomy

    Combine your study of astronomy with many other subjects based on your interests and career goals.

    Next Steps

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