Astronomy Minor

The minor in Astronomy (ASTR) is open to all interested undergraduates and is designed to enable students to increase their understanding of Astronomy by taking an integrated sequence of courses. It provides the opportunity for additional preparation for secondary science majors who will be teaching Astronomy. Students interested in completing this minor must follow an individually planned sequence of courses; they should consult the Physics and Astronomy Department Chairman in 127 Physical Science, (607) 436-3192 for details on course sequences and times when courses will be taught.



1. College rules pertaining to curriculum majors also apply to curriculum minors

  • Minor GPA of at least 2.0
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade unless offered Pass/Fail only
  • One-half (1/2) of the minor coursework must be completed in residence
  • No more than two courses may overlap between/among all majors/minors; any excess requires additional coursework

2. Check proper course selection, sequence and prerequisite requirements with department of minor

Core Courses 18-20 s.h.

  • PHYS 103 General Physics I or
    PHYS 203 General Physics
  • PHYS 104 General Physics II (non-calculus) or
    PHYS 204 General Physics II

The above basic Physics courses must be completed before or during the same semester with the first Astronomy course taken in this minor.

  • ASTR 270 Our Solar System
  • ASTR 271 Stars and Galaxies
  • ASTR 273 Planetarium Operation or
  • ASTR 360 Observational Methods
  • ASTR 376 Topics in Modern Astronomy

Total: 18-20 s.h.

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