The Astronomy and Astrophysics Minor at Ohio State


Required courses

The minor in astronomy and astrophysics consists of at least 12 credit hours of course work beyond the introductory calculus-based Physics courses (Physics 1250 and 1251) and the introductory calculus courses Math 1151 and 1152. 1000 level courses may not be counted towards completion of the minor program.

Required courses are Astronomy 2291, 2292, and 3350. These total 9 hours.

Elective courses

To complete the 12 credit hours required for the minor, pick one or more courses from the following list to total least 3 hours:

  • Astronomy 2895 (1 hour)
  • Astronomy 5681 (3 hours)
  • Astronomy 5682 (3 hours)
  • Physics 2300 (4 hours)
  • Physics 2301 (4 hours)
  • Physics 3470 (3 hours)

Other considerations

A student majoring in physics, where Physics 2300 and 2301 are required in the major program, cannot use these physics courses in the astronomy and astrophysics minor program. For these students, the minor program would be Astronomy 2291, 2292, 3350, and either Astronomy 5681 or 5682.

For students whose major program does not include Physics 2300 and 2301, the likely astronomy and astrophysics minor would be Astronomy 2291, 2292, 3350, and Physics 2300. 

Astronomy and astrophysics minors are particularly encouraged to take Astronomy 2895 (Undergraduate Seminar). This one credit course largely consists of lectures on contemporary research topics by various members of the Astronomy Department faculty and is graded pass/fail.

If you complete the minor following these guidelines, you should file a Minor Program Form with your college advisor. Any variation from the program described here must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Astronomy.