College of Science

Astronomy Minor

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An Astronomy Minor is an excellent way to learn more about Astronomy, whatever your major, and also will enhance your job prospects at places like JPL and NASA, where engineers work on interdisciplinary teams side-by-side with astronomers to design and launch satellites such as the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Kepler Planetary Search Mission.

Astronomy Minor is now approved, effective 2014-15 academic year. The courses one needs to take (30 units total; 18 units beyond freshman physics):

PHY 131/132/133
PHY 131L/132L/133L

PHY 234 - Intro to Electromagnetic Radiation and Special Relativity (Winter only) 

PHY 235 - Introduction to Quantum Physics (Spring only) 

+ a 3-quarter Astronomy sequence

PHY 424 - Intro. to Astrophysics (Fall only) 
A survey of modern Astrophysics, including stars: their formation, structure, evolution, and death, galaxies, and the origin, structure, and evolution of the universe

PHY 425 - Space Physics (Winter only) 
A study of gravity and planetary motions, including interplanetary travel, planetary properties

PHY 426 - Relativity, Gravity, and Black Holes (Spring only) 
The really cool stuff!

For more information on signing up for a Physics/Astronomy minor, contact Professor Alex Rudolph at alrudolph(at) You can also get additional information on the Physics minor page.