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Astronomy (Minor)

About the Program

The astronomy minor program allows students to expand their interest in outer space and celestial bodies into a richly rewarding, lifelong vocation. This program may provide a Physics student with the initial knowledge base for a career in astronomy or prepare a Science Secondary Education major for a career in Planetarium Education. The program is supported by two faculty and staff members and by the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium.

About the Earth Sciences and Science Education Department

160 Science and Math Complex
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6731
Fax: (716) 878-4524

Program Requirements

Total Required Credit Hours 18-20 cr
Required Courses (3 cr)

GES 131 Introductory Astronomy

Elective Option 1: All of the following (15 cr)
GES 331 Modern Solar System
GES 332 Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
GES 335 Methods of Observational Astronomy
GES 339 Cosmology
GES 431 Planetarium Seminar

Elective Option 2:
Three courses from the list above AND an approved sequence in Physics, either PHY 107/PHY 108 (6 cr) or PHY 111/PHY 112 (8 cr). Note: a single Physics course cannot be applied to the minor.

Coordinator: Kevin K. Williams,

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