The astronomy minor program allows students to expand their interest in outer space and celestial bodies into a richly rewarding, lifelong vocation. This program may provide a Physics student with the initial knowledge base for a career in astronomy or prepare a Science Secondary Education major for a career in Planetarium Education. The program is supported by two faculty and staff members and by the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium.
Total Required Credit Hours 18-20 cr
Required Courses (3 cr)
GES 131 Introductory Astronomy
Elective Option 1: All of the following (15 cr)
GES 331 Modern Solar System
GES 332 Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
GES 335 Methods of Observational Astronomy
GES 339 Cosmology
GES 431 Planetarium Seminar
Elective Option 2:
Three courses from the list above AND an approved sequence in Physics, either PHY 107/PHY 108 (6 cr) or PHY 111/PHY 112 (8 cr). Note: a single Physics course cannot be applied to the minor.
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