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Minor in Astronomy

 The Minor in Astronomy requires completion of 20 credits of Physics and Astronomy courses:

Astronomy Core Courses (12 credits):

  • PHYS - 120 Astronomy: From the Earth to the Cosmos
  • PHYS - 121 Planetary Astronomy
  • PHYS - 122 The Geometry of the Cosmos: Einstein, Black Holes, and the Big Bang

Astronomy core courses are supplemented by observing nights that offer direct exposure to observational techniques, using the telescopes and other high-quality instruments in the Fromm observatory.

Physics/Astronomy Elective courses (8 credits):

  • PHYS - 100 Introductory Physics I
  • PHYS - 101 Introductory Physics II
  • PHYS - 110 General Physics I
  • PHYS - 130 Concepts in Physics
  • PHYS - 201 Physics by Inquiry
  • PHYS - 210 General Physics II
  • PHYS - 221 Rock, Clocks and Cosmic Walks: The Multicultural Cosmologies of Our World

The elective courses provide a deeper insight into the physical basis of contemporary astronomy as grounded in the universal laws of nature. The most appropriate combination of courses from this menu will be selected in consultation with an advisor, depending on background and interests.