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Astronomy Minor

Department of Physics and Astronomy, 206 Gallalee Hall
www.as.ua.edu/physics
physics@as.ua.edu

Admission into the minor. Students are expected to formally declare a minor. With the assistance of an advisor in the minor department, students should complete the “Declaration of Minor” form before or during the third year of full-time enrollment.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the minor is required. The minor GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the minor that the student has attempted at UA and all work attempted applicable to the minor throughout the entire higher education career.

Minor courses. The minor in astronomy requires the successful completion of a minimum of 14 semester hours:

CoursesHours
AY 2032
AY 2043
AY 2063
AY elective 300 or 400 level OR
  PH 301, PH 302, or PH 3336–7
Total14–15

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 6 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the minor must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the minor GPA. The minor in astronomy requires the successful completion of the following courses outside the minor:

CoursesHours
PH 105 or PH 125 (or PH 101*)4
PH 106 or PH 126 (or PH 102*)4
PH 253:2554

*General physics with calculus (PH 105 and PH 106, or honors PH 125 and PH 126) is the preferred preparation for advanced physics courses. However, general physics (PH 101 and PH 102) can substitute for students who must begin the minor courses before taking calculus.

Additional minor requirements. Students majoring in physics may not apply the same physics courses toward both the physics major and the astronomy minor. They will still need 14 hours in the minor. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. If necessary, students may consult with the minor department academic advisor for questions concerning minor requirements.

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