Astronomy Minor

Students will study the breadth of Astronomy, including the following topics: nature and evolution of stars; astrobiology and astrochemistry; supernova; white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes; galaxies, quasars, and dark matter; large scale structure of the universe; the Big Bang; and dark energy.

Requirements for a Minor(25-33 credits)
18 credits from the following areas:
Required Courses
PY-217General Astronomy3
PY-408Directed Study: Physics1-4
or PY-410 Independent Study: Physics
PY-101Introduction to Astronomy3
PY-221General Physics I4
or PY-241 Physics I (Mechanics)
PY-222General Physics II4
or PY-242 Physics II ( Electricity, Magnetism and Optics )
GS-245Planetary Geology3
PY-250Observational Astronomy3
PY-297Selected Topics in Physics ((approved Astronomy-based class))1-6