Astronomy Minor

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Phillips Hall, CB# 3255

(919) 962-2078

Logan Phillips, Student Services Coordinator, Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Frank Tsui, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Christian Iliadis, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with A–D)

Dr. Fabian Heitsch, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with E–K)

Dr. Jennifer Weinberg-Wolf, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with L–R)

Dr. Yue Wu, Academic Advisor (students with last names beginning with S–Z)

The goal of physics is a unified description of the properties of matter and energy. The study of matter and energy encompasses a range of phenomena, from the subnuclear to the cosmological. Physics seeks to understand the way the universe “works,” from the very small scale (quarks and neutrinos) to the human scale (materials encountered in daily life) to the structure of the cosmos. Different approaches and technologies are used in these different regimes.

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least 9 credits of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The minor in astronomy consists of six courses:

ASTR 101Introduction to Astronomy: The Solar System H3
ASTR 101LIntroduction to Astronomy Laboratory: Our Place in Space1
or ASTR 111L Educational Research in Radio Astronomy
ASTR 102Introduction to Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies & Cosmology H3
ASTR 301Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology1
PHYS 118Introductory Calculus-based Mechanics and Relativity4
PHYS 119Introductory Calculus-based Electromagnetism and Quanta4
Total Hours16

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

See program page here for special opportunities.