Degree Essentials



Professor N. Daniel Gibson, Chair

Professors Steven D. Doty, N. Daniel Gibson, C. Wesley Walter; Associate Professors Kimberly A. Coplin, Daniel C. Homan; Assistant Professors Melanie Lott, Steven M. Olmschenk, Riina Tehver; Technician/Machinist David Burdick; Academic Administrative Assistant Beth Jeffries

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

Astronomy 100 is a course in Descriptive Astronomy, designed explicitly for the non-physics major student, and may be used to satisfy one course of the science division requirement. The student who desires preparation for graduate work in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Space Physics should pursue a major in Physics with a minor in Astronomy and is encouraged to consult early with faculty in the Physics and Astronomy Department. See Physics Department section.

Astronomy Minor

Minimum requirements for a Minor in Astronomy are Physics 125 or 200, 126, 127, 220, 305, 306 and 312, Astronomy 100, at least two upper division Astronomy courses totaling 4-8 credits, and Mathematics 123 and 124. (Students who have taken Physics 121-2 should consult with the Chair about requirements.) The experimental course, Physics 312, may be modified to reflect the student's interest in Astronomy. Students should consult with the Department chair about the requirements. Early consultation with the Department is strongly advised. See the Physics Department section of the catalog.