Astronomy - Undergraduate Minor

The department offers a minor created for majors in a variety of scientific fields, and two minor emphases specifically designed to address the needs and interests of students from the Colleges of Education and Engineering. Any undergraduate, however, may pursue any of the three minor tracks.

Requirements

The requirements for the regular minor requires 19 credits, from the following:

Prefix Title Credits
Requirements
ASTR 105GThe Planets4
or ASTR 110G Introduction to Astronomy
Select two from the following: 16
Revolutionary Ideas in Astronomy3
The Search for Life in the Universe3
Into the Final Frontier3
Planetary Exploration3
Select 9 credits between the following groups: 29
Group A
Select 6-9 credits from the following: 2
Topics in Modern Astrophysics3
Introduction to Astronomical Observations and Techniques3
Group B
Select 3-9 credits from the following: 2,4
Aerospace Systems Engineering3
Physiology of Microorganisms3
Evolution3
Ecology of Microorganisms3
Artificial Intelligence I3
Database Management Systems I3
Introduction to Robotics3
Parallel Programming3
General Geochemistry3
Physical Chemistry3
Physical Chemistry I3
Antennas and Radiation4
Space System Mission Design and Analysis3
Introduction to Optics3
Fundamentals of Photonics4
Isotope Geochemistry3
Complex Variables3
Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems3
Intermediate Mechanics I3
Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I3
Thermodynamics3
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I3
Probability: Theory and Applications3
Statistics: Theory and Applications3
Total Credits19

Emphasis: Education

The requirements for the education track minor requires 18-20 credits from the following:

Prefix Title Credits
ASTR 105GThe Planets4
ASTR 110GIntroduction to Astronomy4
Select two from the following:6
Revolutionary Ideas in Astronomy3
The Search for Life in the Universe3
Into the Final Frontier3
Planetary Exploration3
Select 4-6 credits from the following: 54-6
Undergraduate Research1-3
Topics in Modern Astrophysics3
Introduction to Astronomical Observations and Techniques3
Methods of Teaching Elementary School Science3
Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level3
Total Credits18-20

Emphasis: Engineering

The requirements for the engineering track minor requires 18-19 credits from the following:

Prefix Title Credits
Required Courses
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy4
Engineering Physics I3
Engineering Physics II3
Select one from the following:3
Revolutionary Ideas in Astronomy3
The Search for Life in the Universe3
Into the Final Frontier3
Planetary Exploration3
Select 12 credits from the following two groups:12
Group A
Select 6-9 credits from the following: 6
Aerospace Capstone Design3
Undergraduate Research1-3
Topics in Modern Astrophysics 73
Introduction to Astronomical Observations and Techniques 73
Undergraduate Research1-3
Undergraduate Research1-3
Group B
Select 3-6 credits from the following: 9
Aerospace Systems Engineering3
Physiology of Microorganisms3
Evolution3
Ecology of Microorganisms3
Artificial Intelligence I3
Database Management Systems I3
Introduction to Robotics3
Parallel Programming3
General Geochemistry3
Physical Chemistry3
Physical Chemistry I3
Antennas and Radiation4
Space System Mission Design and Analysis3
Introduction to Optics3
Fundamentals of Photonics4
Isotope Geochemistry3
Complex Variables3
Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems3
Intermediate Mechanics I3
Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I3
Thermodynamics3
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I3
Probability: Theory and Applications3
Statistics: Theory and Applications3
Total Credits18-19