Minor: Astronomy

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • demonstrate competency in stellar astrophysics, galaxies, cosmology and practical astronomy in homework and exam questions.
  • translate complicated mathematical expressions of astrophysics laws into concrete calculations and test these.
  • clearly articulate scientific information both orally and in writing.

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 (McIntoshDH@umkc.edu).

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 three of the following:9
Physics of Science Fiction
Modern Physics With Engineering Applications
Practical Astronomy
Total Credits19-20