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20 credits

This minor introduces the student to Astronomy, the branch of science that deals with celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole. An inherently interdisciplinary field of study, Astronomy employs the fundamentals of Physics, Geology, Biology and Chemistry to understand and explore the universe around us. Astronomers use their understanding of the natural sciences to study objects such as stars, galaxies, planets, moons, asteroids, and comets and to understand processes such as supernovae, cosmic microwave background radiation, and generally any phenomena that occur outside of our planet. It provides critical reasoning and quantitative literacy skills that are of great importance in today’s technology-driven society.

Minor Requirements

INASTR 101 Introduction to Planetary Astronomy
INASTR 102 Introduction to Stellar & Galactic Astronomy
INASTR 315 Visions of the Universe
INPHYS 241 University Physics I or INPHYS 141 College Physics I

Any four additional credits in PHYS or ASTR, excluding IIPHYS 305