Astronomy, Minor


Department of Physics

Astronomy Minor - Requirements

PHYS 150 (3 units)
PHYS 151 (4 units)
Remaining requirements (6 units)
Choose two courses from EES 112 or EES 150T (Planetary Science), PHYS 110, PHYS 136, PHYS 137, PHYS 175T (Computational Physics), PHYS 175T (Galaxies and Cosmology), or PHYS 190 by approval
Total (13 units)


Prerequisites may include MATH 75, MATH 76, MATH 77, MATH 81, PHYS 4A, PHYS 4AL, PHYS 4B, PHYS BL, PHYS 4C, and PHYS 102. All prerequisites must also be completed. Courses in the Astronomy Minor may not count toward a physics major (or any other major), except as additional requirements to that major. PHYS 190 may not be counted for more than 2 credits for the Astronomy Minor.


Our faculty members are here to teach and to do research. Several faculty members have research projects involving students.

Our classes are small: our upper-division and graduate classes usually have 10-15 students or less. Physics majors get to know each other very well. They develop friendships with peers, faculty, and staff, which extend well beyond graduation.

There are eight research/creative activity areas that are part of our current efforts: (1) Computational Physics, (2) High Energy Physics (HEP), (3) Strongly Correlated Electron Physics, (4) Nanotechnology, (5) Astronomy and Astrophysics, (6) Microbeam X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), (7) Theoretical Physics, (8) Physics Outreach. 

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