Minor in Introduction to Astronomy

When you gaze at the night sky, are you filled with questions about how it all works? Ever wondered what a black hole is? Are there other planets in the universe like Earth? Learn the answers to questions like these and more through a minor in astronomy.

This minor works well with majors in:

What You Will Learn

In this program, a general review of modern astronomy will be followed by an observational astronomy course and opportunities for more detailed studies and projects. The introductory astronomy minor will provide you with a strong background in astronomy necessary for science teachers, planetarium directors, and jobs in science museums.

This minor includes:

  • an algebra-based, three-semester overview of astronomy
  • an observational astronomy lab course using the planetarium and observatory
  • a capstone course with individual and group activity options

Program Requirements

This program consists of 15 credits of coursework in astronomy.


If you want to learn more about this minor, contact John Millis.

Total Credits: 15


Classes you will take include:

  • ASTR 120 The Sun and Stars
  • ASTR 122 Stellar Evolution, Galaxies, and Cosmology
  • ASTR 124 The Solar System
  • ASTR 302 Observational Astronomy
  • ASTR 200 Topics in Astronomy

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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Enroll in this Minor

To enroll in this minor, contact your advisor.

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