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Program Type: Undergraduate

Minor Requirements: View requirements

Department: Physics, Geology, and Engineering Technology

Astronomy is the study of the universe and its contents including planets, stars, galaxies, and clusters. A minor in astronomy would be particularly useful to students majoring in the physical or biological sciences and math. An astronomy minor can help expand employment and educational opportunities in graduate school, government and industry. The minor in astronomy requires 27 to 29 credit hours. At least nine of those credit hours must be 300 level or above.

Students will be able to work with faculty on current research projects actively. This may involve studies in Astro-Particle Physics with balloon experiments or experiments on the ISS, observations and the theoretical research on Black Holes, or studying the boundary between stars and planets.

Program Contacts

Dr. Nathan De Lee
Astronomy Program Director
(859) 572-5492

Dr. Dirk Grupe
Department Chair, Physics, Geology, and Engineering Technology
(859) 572-6549

Students in the Spotlight

Salem Wolsing

Salem Wolsing

Graduating Year: 2025

Education: Physics BS and Math BS

"I chose to minor in Astronomy along with majors in physics and math because I felt the minor would give me the necessary knowledge and experience to prepare me for grad school level astrophysics.  I recommend this minor to anyone who would like a career in astrophysics, or any engineering career focused on space."


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