Astronomy Minor

Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Phillips Hall, CB# 3255

(919) 962-2078

Christian Iliadis, Chair

Jhon T. Cimmino, Academic Affairs Coordinator, Physics and Astronomy

Frank Tsui, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Lu-Chang Qin, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with A–F)

Dan Reichart, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with G–I, and Astrophysics and Astronomy majors and minors)

Jennifer Weinberg-Wolf, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with J–R)

Stefan Jeglinski, Physics Advisor (students with last names beginning with S-Z, and Quantitative Finance majors)

The goal of physics and astronomy is a unified description of the properties of matter and energy. The study of matter and energy encompasses a range of phenomena, from the subnuclear to the cosmological. Physics seeks to understand the way the universe “works,” from the very small scale (quarks and neutrinos) to the human scale (materials encountered in daily life) to the very large (the structure of the cosmos). Different approaches and technologies are used in these different regimes.

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The minor in astronomy consists of five courses:

Core Requirements
ASTR 101Introduction to Astronomy: The Solar System H3
ASTR 101LIntroduction to Astronomy Laboratory: Our Place in Space1
or ASTR 111L Educational Research in Radio Astronomy
ASTR 202Introduction to Astrophysics3
PHYS 118Introductory Calculus-based Mechanics and Relativity 14
PHYS 119Introductory Calculus-based Electromagnetism and Quanta 24
Total Hours15

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

See program page here for special opportunities.