The minor expands upon a student's understanding of both astronomy beyond the introductory level and of fundamental principles and further develops analytical skills. The minor is an attractive option for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: ASTR

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 19 - 22

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

The minor requires completion of all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Core Courses

Select one of the following sequences:13-14
Sequence One:
College Physics I (Mason Core)
and College Physics II (Mason Core)
University Physics I (Mason Core)
and University Physics II (Mason Core)
Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System (Mason Core)
Introductory Astronomy Lab: The Solar System (Mason Core)
Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (Mason Core)
Introductory Astronomy Lab: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (Mason Core)
Sequence Two:
University Physics I (Mason Core)
University Physics II (Mason Core)
University Physics III (Mason Core)
Modern Physics
Introduction to Observational Astronomy
Introduction to Astrophysics
Total Credits13-14

Astronomy Electives

Select 6-8 credits from the following:6-8
Finding New Worlds (Mason Core)
Foundations of Cosmological Thought (Mason Core)
Computer Simulation in Astronomy
RS: Methods of Observational Astronomy (Mason Core)
Planetary Science
Galaxies and Cosmology
The Interstellar Medium
Total Credits6-8