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Astronomy and Astrophysics Minor

University Park, Eberly College of Science (ASTRO)

The minor in Astronomy and Astrophysics, available at the University Park campus, provides educational options to students with interest in astronomy but with principal commitments to an allied field. It is designed principally for majors in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Sciences, Geosciences, Meteorology, and Physics. The educational objectives are to provide students with a profound understanding of the large-scale properties and processes in our Universe including planets and solar systems, our Sun and other stars, our Galaxy and other galaxies; and cosmology. Students in the minor survey the field in the 200-level sequence and then select from a choice of advanced astronomy and allied courses. Minors will be encouraged to take advantage of the many undergraduate research opportunities in the department, often using space-based observatories.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR: 22-23 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (10 credits)
PHYS 211 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
ASTRO 291 GN(3), ASTRO 292 GN(3) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6-7 credits)
Select 6-7 credits from additional ASTRO 400-level courses, AERSP 308(3), AERSP 312(3), EE 472(3), GEOSC 474(3), METEO 466(3), or PHYS 458(4) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from 400-level ASTRO courses, except ASTRO 496 (Sem: 5-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-06-000

Review Date: 04/14/2015

UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07

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