Description of the Program

The minor in Astronomy is designed for students desiring a general background in Astronomy.

Astronomy advising questions should be directed to Professor Daniel McIntosh (

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Have a functional knowledge of the basic areas of physics as they apply to astronomical phenomena.
  • Be able to integrate their basic scientific knowledge with critical thinking skills to quantitatively solve astrophysical problems.
  • Become broadly conversant on key astronomical topics.

Program Requirements

Students majoring in any other discipline (including Physics) in the University may elect to minor in astronomy.

There are two tracks (Track One, Track Two) each requiring a minimum of 18 credit hours in Physics and Astronomy courses, with a minimum of 9 credit hours at the 300-400 level.  It is highly recommended that students follow Track One because the upper level courses will be very challenging without the solid foundation obtained in the calculus-based physics courses (PHYSICS 240/PHYSICS 250).  Students must receive grades of C or better in each course.

Track One (Recommended)

Physics For Scientists and Engineers I
and Physics For Scientists and Engineers II
Select three of the following:9
Modern Physics With Engineering Applications
Practical Astronomy
Stellar Astrophysics
Total Credits19

Track Two (Approval Required)

General Physics I
and General Physics II
Select one of the following:2-3
Astronomy: Motions of the Cosmos
Introductory Astronomy Laboratory
Astronomy: Starlight and Star Stuff
Plus all of the following:9
Modern Physics With Engineering Applications
Practical Astronomy
Total Credits19-20

In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for astronomy, Professor Dan McIntosh (