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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Planetary Science and Astronomy Minor

University Park, Eberly College of Science (PASTR)

Planetary Science and Astronomy minors will study the Solar System, stars, galaxies and the universe as a whole.  Students will survey a wide variety of topics in astronomy and will learn to solve problems to see how this general knowledge has been obtained.  Students will use telescopes to obtain astronomical data, and will learn to analyze these data to constain astronomical theories.  Communication of these topics, both oral and written, to the public and to their peers will be emphasized, as will logic and general problem-solving skills.  It will serve students who want to acquire a significant knowledge of the universe as they pursue majors in unrelated fields of study.  For example, this minor will serve students who are seeking careers in science education at the 6-12 level, in elementary education, in science journalism, and in geoscience. 

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


ASTRO 401(4), ASTRO 402(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 3 credits from ASTRO 001 GN(3), ASTRO 005 GN(3), ASTRO 006 GN(3), ASTRO 010 GN(2) and ASTRO 011GN(1), ASTRO 291 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 9 credits from ASTRO 120 GN(3), ASTRO 130 GN(3), ASTRO 140 GN(3), ASTRO 292 GN(3) (Sem: 2-6)

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-05-145

Review Date: 02/19/2013