Minor in Astronomy

The 23-unit Astronomy minor program is directed toward students who are not physics majors but who could benefit from the scientific rigor and interdisciplinary nature of astronomy. Astronomy naturally cuts across several scientific disciplines including physics, biology, chemistry, computer science and planetary science. Students with an interdisciplinary background are increasingly in high demand. In addition to excellent preparation for a variety of technical fields, students seeking involvement in science in a public capacity, e.g., teachers, science public policy advisers, or science writers, will be well prepared by the program to relate and interpret new findings to the public.

Required Courses
ASTR 161GENERAL ASTRONOMY I4
ASTR 162GENERAL ASTRONOMY II4
Select one of the following:8
GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED
and GENERAL PHYSICS II; NON CALCULUS-BASED
GENERAL PHYSICS I CALCULUS-BASED
and GENERAL PHYSICS II CALCULUS-BASED
HONORS GENERAL PHYSICS I CALCULUS-BASED
and HONOR GENERAL PHYSICS II CALCULUS-BASED
ASTR 385ASTROPHYSICS SEMINAR1
ASTR XXX or PHYS XXXUpper-Division Astronomy or Physics Elective6
Total Units23

Students interested in pursuing the Astronomy minor should consult the Astronomy minor adviser as soon as possible in order to design an appropriate schedule. Course substitutions may be requested and must be approved by the Astronomy faculty. At least 8 upper-division units must be taken at Towson. A grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher must be earned in each course.