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Astronomy, Minor

Explore your questions about the cosmos

The field of astronomy is responsible for the most significant discoveries about the universe, including planetary systems, gravitational waves and black holes, and the cosmological frontiers of the Big Bang.

USF’s minor in astronomy offers an insightful overview of the cosmos tailored specifically to non-science majors.

Our curriculum explores the universe within a physical science framework. During core courses in astronomy, students study the night sky through high-quality telescopes and gain hands-on exposure to observational techniques. Through electives in physics, students gain deeper insight into the universal laws of nature that are the basis of contemporary astronomy. Students are empowered to explore their questions about the cosmos and come away with a far-reaching cosmic perspective.

I came to USF as a passionate music student who loved to watch documentaries on space, astrophysics, and quantum mechanics and even write songs about these topics. I decided to minor in astronomy because, contrary to what most people believe, music and astronomy are very complimentary. In one of my classes for the minor, for example, I learned all about the physics of sound. Minoring in astronomy has also given me deeper insight into contemporary issues such as gravitational waves and, as an artist, I find it important to understand and be able to discuss contemporary discoveries.”


Reach for the Stars

Karim Iliya ’12, an astronomy minor who works as a photographer, filmmaker, and whale-swimming guide, was chosen from a million applicants to journey to the moon as part of the SpaceX dearMoon project. His USF astronomy professor was one of the first to whom he broke the news.

Karim Iliya

Astronomy, Minor

2130 Fulton St.
Harney Science Center 107E
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080