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Astronomy Minor

Astronomy is a profound and fundamental science that has never ceased to fascinate the general public and attract the imagination of students.  The intent is to provide sufficient background to enable a student to pursue graduate work in astronomy and astrophysics.

Requirements for Minor

Astronomy minors must complete all general education and College of Science requirements and have a GPA of at least 2.0 in physics, astronomy and mathematics courses combined. All physics, astronomy and mathematics courses must be passed with at least a C- grade. The credit/no credit option may not be elected for any course used to fulfill the degree requirements for an astronomy minor.

To obtain an undergraduate minor in astronomy, a student must complete at least 12 hours of approved course work, consisting of the following required and recommended courses. Students may obtain proposed minor approval from the academic advisor: 240 CSC, (801) 587-0650. uadvising@physics.utah.edu 

Required Prerequisites for Astronomy Minor Courses:

  • PHYS 2210: Physics for Scientists Engineers I (4 credits) or PHYS 3210: Physics for Scientists (4 credits) [Honors]
  • PHYS 2220: Physics for Scientists Engineers II (4 credits) or PHYS 3220: Physics for Scientists (4 credits) [Honors]
  • ASTR 2500: Foundations of Astronomy (3 credits)
  • MATH 1210: Calculus I (4 credits)
  • MATH 1220: Calculus II (4 credits)
  • MATH 2210: Calculus III (3 credits)

Three courses from the following options:

  • ASTR 4060: Observational Astronomy for Scientists (3 credits)
  • ASTR 4070: Extragalactic Astrophysics (3 credits)
  • ASTR 4080: Introduction to Cosmology (3 credits)
  • ASTR 4090: Stellar Astrophysics (3 credits)
  • ASTR 5560: Stars and Stellar Populations (3 credits)
  • ASTR 5570: Galactic Astronomy Stellar Populations (3 credits)
  • ASTR 5580: Extragalactic Astronomy Cosmology (3 credits)
Last Updated: 9/6/19