This 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 and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 16-17

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

Core Courses

Select one introductory physics sequence:6
Sequence One
University Physics I (Mason Core)
University Physics II (Mason Core)
Sequence Two
Introductory and Modern Physics I (Mason Core)
Introductory and Modern Physics II (Mason Core)
ASTR 124Introduction to Observational Astronomy1
ASTR 210Introduction to Astrophysics3
Total Credits10

Astronomy Electives

Select two courses from the following:6-7
Computer Simulation in Astronomy
RS: Methods of Observational Astronomy (Mason Core)
Planetary Science
Galaxies and Cosmology
The Interstellar Medium
Total Credits6-7