Minor Course Requirements

(6 Courses Required, 18 credit minimum)

APS Minor Requirements Flowchart

Elementary Course Work (Maximum of 2 Courses)

  • ASTR 1030 Accelerated Introductory Astronomy 1 (Solar System)1
  • ASTR 1040 Accelerated Introductory Astronomy 2 (Stars & Galaxies)1
  • ASTR 2000 Ancient Astronomies of the World
  • ASTR 2010 Modern Cosmology - Origin and Structure of the Universe
  • ASTR 2020 Introduction to Space Astronomy
  • ASTR 2030 Black Holes
  • ASTR 2040 Life in the Universe
  • ASTR/ASEN 2500 Gateway to Space
  • ASTR 2600 Computational Techniques

1 Or ASTR 1010 and/or ASTR 1020 with permission 

Intermediate Course Work:

  • ASTR 2100 Fundamental Concepts in Astrophysics
    • If you plan to take Calculus 3 (MATH 2400 or APPM 2350), then you should replace ASTR 2100 with an additional ASTR class (either upper division or lower division). 
    • Note:  Some upper division ASTR courses require a prerequisite of Modern Physics (PHYS 2130 or PHYS 2170) or ASTR 2100. We recommend discussing the classes you are interested in with an ASTR advisor so you can plan accordingly.  

Advanced Course Work (Minimum of 3 Courses (9 credits minimum)):

Two courses from one upper-level course sequence:
  • Planetary Sequence: ASTR 3720 Planets & Their Atmospheres AND ASTR 3750 Planets, Moons, & Rings
    • OR
  • Astrophysics Sequence: ASTR 3730 Stellar & Interstellar; ASTR 3830 Galactic & Extragalactic
Plus 1 course from the following:
  • ASTR 3510 Observations & Instrumentation 1 (with instructor permission)
  • ASTR 3520 Observations & Instrumentation 2
  • ASTR 3560 Astronomical Instrumentation Laboratory
  • ASTR 3710 Formation & Dynamics of Planetary Systems
  • ASTR 3720 Planets and Their Atmospheres
  • ASTR 3730 Astrophysics 1
  • ASTR 3740 Cosmology and Relativity
  • ASTR 3750 Planets, Moons and Rings
  • ASTR 3760 Solar and Space Physics
  • ASTR 3830 Astrophysics 2
  • ASTR 4330 Cosmochemistry
  • ATOC 4720 Introduction to Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics
  • ASTR 4840 Independent Research