If you have a sound background in math and science, this minor will provide you with the entry level skills needed for a career in professional observational astronomy or astrophysics. Graduates might seek employment in observatories or continue their education with graduate programs in astronomy or astrophysics.

Expect rigorous course work in this minor. You will take a year of calculus, a year of calculus-based physics, and a two-semester introduction to astronomy and astrophysics. That course sequence involves a three-hour lecture and two-hour lab each week.

If you are interested in a career in astronomy or astrophysics, you should complete a bachelor's degree in physics. Our physics major with applied physics option provides the technical background needed for the master's or doctoral programs in astronomy or astrophysics.

For those interested in astronomy courses for K-12 science teachers or for general electives, see information on our introductory astronomy minor.