Astronomy Minor

Minor in Astronomy

The Minor in Astronomy is an ideal complementary minor primarily for students in two general categories

  • Students currently majoring in engineering or the sciences
  • Students who have taken the introductory Math and Physics courses required of engineering and science majors, but have since changed major

While all students are invited to complete the physics minor, students who are not required to complete an introductory sequence of Calculus and Physics as part of their major may find scheduling more difficult.

Information on this page will be available in the 1999-2000 academic year catalogue and includes changes from previous years. For information on any other year, please consult the actual catalogue.

For specific questions about the physics minor, please contact the Undergraduate Physics Office (SGM 407).

Requirement Listing

At least 3 courses (at least 12 units) for the Astronomy minor must be unique. That is, at least 3 courses must be counted only for the minor and not also as technical electives for the major.

Required Lower Division CoursesUnits
PHYS 151L Fundamentals of Physics I 4
PHYS 152L Fundamentals of Physics II 4
PHYS 153L Fundamentals of Physics III 4
MATH 125 Calculus I 4
MATH 126 Calculus II 4
MATH 226 Calculus III 4
Required Upper Division Courses Units
Choose three (3) ASTR 400 (The Solar System) 4
ASTR 410 (Stellar Astronomy) 4
ASTR 420 (Galaxies and Cosmology) 4
ASTR 440 (Astrophysics) 4

Total Units   36
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • University of Southern California
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  • ACB 439
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0484