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Division of Natural Sciences & MathematicsDepartment of Physics & Astronomy

Degree Programs

Physics & Astronomy

Minor Areas of Study

 Physics Minor


At least 20 credits, including the following:

One year of introductory physics:1  14-15

PHYS 1111 General Physics I
   & PHYS 1112 General Physics II
   & PHYS 1113 General Physics III


PHYS 1211 University Physics I
   & PHYS 1212 University Physics II
   & PHYS 1213 University Physics III
      or PHYS 1214 University Physics III for Engineers

Two physics courses above PHYS 1999, excluding PHYS 4750 Seminar in Physics, Independent Study and Independent Research 2 6-8

Total Credits 20-23

1  or equivalent.

2  Science majors should consider taking PHYS 2251 Modern Physics I and PHYS 2252 Modern Physics II .

Astrophysics Minor


Students must complete one year of introductory physics prior to beginning this minor:

PHYS 1111 General Physics I
  & PHYS 1112 General Physics II
  & PHYS 1113 General Physics III  


PHYS 1211 University Physics I,
    & PHYS 1212 University Physics II
    & PHYS 1213 University Physics III
        OR PHYS 1214 University Physics III for Engineers


At least 20 credits from the following list:
PHYS 2051  Bio-Astronomy of Solar Systems
PHYS 2052  Stellar Physics
PHYS 2053  Galaxies and Cosmology
PHYS 2061  Telescopes and Instrumentation
PHYS 2062  Astronomy with Digital Cameras
PHYS 2063   Observing & Data Analysis
PHYS 2830  Natural Optics
PHYS 3251  Astrophysics: Radiative Processes
PHYS 3252  Astrophysics: Observations
PHYS 3270  Workshop: Practical Astronomy
PHYS 3711 Optics I
PHYS 3991  Independent Study (or)
PHYS 3995  Independent Research

Subjects include stars, planets, and galaxies and research at the University's observatories: Mt. Evans Meyer-Womble, the second highest observatory in the world, and Chamberlin, which features a historic 20-inch refractor. It is crucial that students interested in pursuing graduate work and a career in astronomy recognize the close links with physics and the need to obtain as much advanced undergraduate physics training as possible, in addition to the University's astronomy offerings.

Total Credits 20

Medical Physics Minor