The undergraduate minor in astronomy requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in astronomy and physics courses, including at least 12 s.h. in advanced courses taken at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass.

Coursework numbered 3000 or above must include at least 6 s.h. chosen from ASTR:3771, ASTR:3772, and ASTR:4850.  Remaining work may be chosen from any astronomy or physics courses numbered 3000 or above.  A list of these courses is available on the UI General Catalog.

Plan of Study

The plan of study below lists only the core courses required for a Minor in Astronomy.  This does not include required GE CLAS Core courses, which may be found here, and electives.  Undergraduates are also strongly encouraged to be active participants in research within the department.

GE  This course satisfies a General Education requirement.
a  Enrollment in math courses requires completion of a placement exam.
b  This math course is either a prerequisite or corequisite for the required physics minor courses.
c  This course is a prerequisite for the required astronomy minor courses..
d  These courses are offered every other year - ASTR:3771 [even-years only], ASTR:3772 and ASTR:4850 [odd-years only]. Check MyUI for course availability since offerings are subject to change.