College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2021-2022

Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science

Astronomy, Minor

This minor provides students with a background in astronomy and physics, opening the door to fundamental questions about the origins of Earth, the stars, the galaxies, and the universe. Students will learn techniques of astronomical observation, notation, and charting.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Astronomy?

Do you enjoy the view from a telescope and want to indulge your passion for astronomy while studying a different major? The science of astronomy uses the laws of physics to reveal the nature of celestial objects, and the skills you'll acquire through this minor will serve you well in any field. If you are an engineer or computer scientist and are interested in working at an observatory, this is the program for you.

Our program focuses on astrophysics and planetary science. You will be encouraged to think independently and will benefit from our proximity to world-class Lowell Observatory and the university's own new twenty-inch research-class telescope. If you want to search for planets outside the solar system, you'll receive the guidance needed at Northern Arizona University. Find your way to questions you haven't yet learned to ask.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 20
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 137


Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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