University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Astronomy Minor

Minor - Astronomy


Lower-Division Physics Courses10
Lower-Division Astronomy Courses6-7
Core Course
Core Elective
Total Hours25-26

Degree Specific Credits: 25-26

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Note: Mathematics prerequisites for the Astronomy minor are M 171M 172, and M 273

Lower-Division Physics Courses

Note: The Physics with Calculus series (PHSX 215N - PHSX 218N) is strongly recommended.

Complete one of the following Physics sequences:10
Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Calculus-based Physics:
Fundamentals of Physics with Calculus I
and Physics Laboratory I with Calculus
Fundamentals of Physics with Calculus II
and Physics Laboratory II with Calculus
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Lower-Division Astronomy Courses

Rule: Complete the following subcategories of courses. 6-7 total credits required.

Core Course

Complete the following course:
ASTR 131NPlanetary Astronomy3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Core Elective

Complete one of the following courses:
ASTR 132NStars, Galaxies, and the Universe3-4
or ASTR 142N The Evolving Universe
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete three of the following courses:9
Planetary Science
Galactic Astrophysics
Observational Astronomy
Stellar Astronomy & Astrophysics I
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-