Degree Requirements

2019 - 2020

Departmental Guidelines 

Astronomy is a natural science that studies planets, stars, galaxies, and space in general. The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a variety of astronomy courses with different levels of depth and mathematical rigor. 

A minor in astronomy is available to any Denison student.  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:

ASTR 100Current Topics in Astronomy
ASTR 125Quarks to Cosmos
or PHYS 125 Principles of Physics I: Quarks to Cosmos
PHYS 121General Physics I
or PHYS 126 Principles of Physics II
PHYS 122General Physics II
or PHYS 127 Principles of Physics III
ASTR 300Astrophysics
Plus an Astronomy Elective at the 200-level or above.

Students who have taken PHYS 121 - General Physics I or PHYS 122 - General Physics II should consult with the Chair about requirements. The experimental course, PHYS 312 - Experimental Physics, may be modified to reflect the student's interest in Astronomy. Early consultation with the Department is imperative. See the Physics Department section of the catalog.

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Receptions & Open Houses

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Event

The Department of Physics & Astronomy celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Mission and Landing with events for the community to enjoy.

Receptions & Open Houses

Observatory Open House 2019

On Thursday, May 2, 2019 (beginning at 8:30pm), the Department of Physics & Astronomy will host an open house at Swasey Observatory.

Lectures & Discussions

The Hunt for Cosmic Monsters

Jillian Scudder will present, "The Hunt for Cosmic Monsters: Understanding Galaxies in the Confused FIR Sky," when she visits on March 1.

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