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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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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 those students planning careers in the field. The 100-level courses (which include general education offerings) are designed to introduce astronomy to the student with a minimal background in mathematics and the physical sciences. The courses taken by astronomy minors cover a variety of topics in modern astronomy and astrophysics and require significant preparations in mathematics and physics. Paired with a major in physics, the astronomy minor serves as the first step towards a career in teaching or research in astronomy.
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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