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Astronomy Minor

D Earth & Environmental Sci
Physics
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits in this minor: 34
  • None
The astronomy minor enhances students' understanding of the formation, structure, and evolution of the Universe while providing a sound foundation for professional programs in the sciences. The minor program covers a wide range of topics in general astronomy, comparative planetology, stellar dynamics, astrophysics, cosmology, and techniques of astronomical observation and analysis.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Astronomy Required Courses (24 cr)
AST 1040 - Introductory Astronomy [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (3.0 cr)
AST 4110 - Observational Astronomy (3.0 cr)
PHYS 2011 {Inactive} [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2012 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2021 - Relativity and Quantum Physics (4.0 cr)
PHYS 3561 - Astrophysics (3.0 cr)
GEOL 2120 - The Earth's Dynamic Interior (3.0 cr)
or AST 2040 - The Solar System (3.0 cr)
Math Requirement (10 cr)
MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
MATH 1297 - Calculus II [LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
 
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AST 1040 - Introductory Astronomy (LE CAT5, NAT SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Survey of present knowledge of solar system, interstellar space, stars, galaxies, and universe. Historical development of astronomy as a science. Taught in day school and in Individualized Learning Program format.
AST 4110 - Observational Astronomy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Applied principles of astronomical observation; review of optical telescopes and mounts; locating and tracking objects; remote telescope operation, CCD, CMOS, and film astrophotography, astrometry, photometry, spectroscopy, astronomical image processing and analysis. prereq: Phys 2012 or instructor consent
PHYS 2021 - Relativity and Quantum Physics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Descriptive course; relativity, quantum mechanics, hydrogen atom, multielectron atoms, molecular structure, quantum statistics, thermal radiation, solid state physics, nuclear physics. prereq: 1202 or 1204 or 2012 or (2015 and 2016)
PHYS 3561 - Astrophysics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02227 - AST 3561/PHYS 3561
Prerequisites: 2021
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
The application of physical laws and processes to the understanding of astrophysical objects: celestial mechanics, energy transport, stellar structure and evolution, the interstellar medium, stellar remnants, galactic structure and dynamics, large scale structure and cosmology. prereq: 2021
GEOL 2120 - The Earth's Dynamic Interior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Treatment of the origin, structure and internal composition of the Earth, synthesizing geological, chemical and physical knowledge bearing on the Earth's inaccessible interior. Emphasis is placed on dynamic processes at all depths in the Earth. prereq: 1110 or 1130 or 2110 or 1610 or Geog 1414
AST 2040 - The Solar System
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Survey of terrestrial and jovian planets and their satellites; asteroids, comets, interplanetary debris; examination of lunar rocks and meteorite samples when available; origin and evolution of solar system. prereq: 1040, Math 1250 or instructor consent
MATH 1296 - Calculus I (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01420 - Math1290/1296/1596
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
First part of a standard introduction to calculus of functions of a single variable. Limits, continuity, derivatives, integrals, and their applications. prereq: Math ACT 27 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1250 or department consent
MATH 1297 - Calculus II (LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01421 - Math 1597/1297
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Second part of a standard introduction to calculus. Vectors, applications of integrals, transcendental functions, series, and multivariable functions and partial derivatives. prereq: A grade of at least C- in 1290 or 1296 or 1596