The undergraduate minor in astronomy requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in astronomy and physics courses, including 12 s.h. of coursework numbered 3000 or above and 12 s.h. 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 6 s.h. chosen from these:

Code | Title | Hours |
---|---|---|

ASTR:3771 | Introduction to Astrophysics I | 3 |

ASTR:3772 | Introduction to Astrophysics II | 3 |

ASTR:4850 | Astronomical Laboratory | 3 |

Remaining work may be chosen from any astronomy or physics courses numbered 3000 or above.

Most University of Iowa courses for the minor have prerequisites; students must complete a course's prerequisites before they may enroll in the course.

## Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

### Astronomy, Minor

Academic Career | ||
---|---|---|

Any Semester | Hours | |

12 semester hours for the Astronomy minor must be taken at the University of Iowa. | ||

Hours | 0 | |

First Year | ||

Fall | ||

MATH:1850 | Calculus I ^{a} |
4 |

PHYS:1701 | Physics I | 4 |

ASTR:1771 | Introductory Astronomy I: Basic Astrophysics and Planetary Astronomy | 4 |

Hours | 12 | |

Spring | ||

MATH:1860 | Calculus II | 4 |

PHYS:1702 | Physics II | 4 |

ASTR:1772 | Introductory Astronomy II: Stellar, Galactic, and Extragalactic Astronomy | 4 |

Hours | 12 | |

Second Year | ||

Fall | ||

MATH:2700 | Introduction to Linear Algebra | 4 |

PHYS:2703 | Physics III | 4 |

Hours | 8 | |

Spring | ||

MATH:2850 | Calculus III | 4 |

PHYS:2704 | Physics IV | 4 |

Hours | 8 | |

Third Year | ||

Fall | ||

ASTR:3771 | Introduction to Astrophysics I ^{b} |
3 |

Hours | 3 | |

Spring | ||

ASTR:3772 | Introduction to Astrophysics II ^{b} |
3 |

Hours | 3 | |

Fourth Year | ||

Fall | ||

Minor: 3000-level or above course | 3 | |

Hours | 3 | |

Spring | ||

Minor: 3000-level or above course (ASTR:4850 Astronomical Laboratory is recommended) | 3 | |

Hours | 3 | |

Total Hours | 52 |

- a
- Enrollment in math courses requires completion of a placement exam.
- b
- Typically this course is offered every other year. Check MyUI for course availability since offerings are subject to change.