Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTMIN)Department of Astronomy

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


A program leading to a minor in astronomy and astrophysics is provided for students who have a serious interest in the field but do not plan to major in the subject.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 17 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. General Astronomy I. One (1) course:
  2. General Astronomy II. One (1) course:
  3. Physics III. One (1) course:
  4. Electives. Two (2) courses:
  5. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.