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Department Physics & Astronomy
College Science, Engineering & Technology
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Undergraduate Degree Type(s) Minor in Astronomy. Astronomy major is not offered. Students who want a career in astronomy should major in physics and minor in astronomy.
Program Description The astronomy program serves the needs of a wide range of students, from those with only a casual interest in the subject to others who are planning careers in the field. The courses taken by astronomy minors cover a variety of topics in modern astronomy and astrophysics and require significant preparation in mathematics and physics. There are two operating observatories on campus available for research and teaching.
Admission Requirements Admission to major is required for enrollment in junior and senior courses. Requirements include:
  • minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C)
Application forms for admission are available in the College Advising Center, Trafton C-125.
Other Requirements Students minoring in astronomy are strongly encouraged to do research or observing at one of the observatories on campus.
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information Department of Physics & Astronomy
141 Trafton Science Center N
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-5743
Fax: 507-389-1095
College Advising All Astronomy minors are assigned to an academic advisor to assist in planning their program. Additional advising support is available at:
College of Science, Engineering & Technology Advising Center
Ken Adams, Student Relations Coordinator
125 Trafton Science Center C.
Mankato, MN 56001

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