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? Answers to questions like these and more will be explored if you pick up a minor in astronomy. The introductory astronomy minor will provide you with a strong background in astronomy necessary for science teachers, planetarium directors or jobs in science museums. A general review of modern astronomy will be followed by an observational astronomy course and opportunities for more detailed studies and projects. We offer a number of astronomy courses to non-science majors. Introduction to Astronomy: A Study of the Solar System and Beyond (ASTR 100) and The Sun and Stars (ASTR 120) are Tier 1 courses in the Natural Science domain of the University Core Curriculum (UCC). Either of these courses is a suitable entry-level course for non-science majors. The Solar System (ASTR 124 is a Tier 2 course in the Natural Science domain for UCC and carries a “technology” WISER+ designation. It has no pre-requisites. Stellar Evolution, Galaxies and Cosmology (ASTR 122) and Observational Astronomy (ASTR 302) are astronomy electives which require ASTR 120 as a pre-requisite. If you are interested in a career in astronomy or astrophysics, you should complete a bachelor's degree in physics. Our physics major with the applied physics option provides the technical background needed for the master's or doctoral programs in astronomy or astrophysics.Courses designed for pre-service teachers are offered during the academic year.
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