The astronomy minor is designed to provide a practical introduction to modern astronomy. If combined with a major in another science or mathematics-related field, such as geology, chemistry or computer science, it can provide a versatile scientific background, which prepares students for future work as scientists or technical specialists. Alternatively, the minor may be combined with a major in a nonscientific field, such as history, philosophy or education; for students who wish to apply their astronomical backgrounds in a broader context, that could include the history of science, scientific writing or editing, or science education.
Requirements for the Minor
The requirements for the minor in astronomy are 24 credits (6 courses), including:
- 111 or the equivalent
- 224 or 225
- PHY 117 or 118
The remaining 11 credits (three courses) may be selected from any astronomy offerings and one may be from physics.