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Academics: Astronomy Minor

Study astronomy at Calvin

Are you fascinated by stars, planets and galaxies? Calvin offers a 19-hour astronomy minor. If you are planning to pursue a career in astronomy or astrophysics, we recommend combining your astronomy minor with a major in physics (see 4-year model plans on right).

Program requirements

Complete the following courses for a minor in astronomy:

  • Physics 132
  • Physics 133 or approved astronomy interim
  • Physics 237
  • Physics 246
  • Astronomy 211
  • Astronomy 212
  • Astronomy 384 or 395

Other astronomy courses

The physics and astronomy department offers three introductory courses in astronomy that meet the physical world core requirement:

  • Astronomy 110 - Planets, Stars, and Galaxies
  • Astronomy 111 - The Solar System
  • Astronomy 112 - Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe


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Four-year model plans

These plans meet the requirements for a physics major and an astronomy minor:

Contact an advisor

Interested in a career in astronomy? Plan your program with advisor Larry Molnar.

The Calvin Observatory

Check out Calvin's state-of-the-art telescopes and cameras for astronomical observation.