Astronomy, Minor


Department of Physics

Douglas Singleton, Interim Chair
McLane Hall, Room 173
FAX: 559.278.7741

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Physics, B.S.
BS in Biomedical Physics, B.S.
CRED in Single Subject Credential - Physical Science
MN in Physical Science, Minor
MN in Physics, Minor
MN in Medical Physics, Minor
MN in Astronomy, Minor
MS in Physics, M.S.

Courses Offered

The Department of Physics has an active theoretical physics program that focuses on gravitational physics and field theory. We have ongoing collaborations with several international research groups including the Institute of Applied Physics of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, the Center for Gravitation and Fundamental Metrology (VNIIMS) at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, and the Universidad de Costa Rica. Our students in this area regularly attend national and international conferences to give talks, and they are active in publishing their research work in refereed journals. Several international researchers have visited our department and engaged in collaborative research, colloquia, and seminars.


Astronomy Minor - Requirements

PHYS 150 (3 units)
PHYS 151 (4 units)
Remaining requirements (6 units)
Choose two courses from EES 112 or 150T (Planetary Science), PHYS 110, 136, 137, 175T (Computational Physics), 175T (Galaxies and Cosmology), or 190 by approval
Total (13 units)


Prerequisites may include MATH 75, 76, 77, 81, PHYS 4A, 4AL, 4B, BL, 4C, and 102. All prerequisites must also be completed. Courses in the Astronomy Minor may not count toward a physics major (or any other major), except as additional requirements to that major. PHYS 190 may not be counted for more than 2 credits for the Astronomy Minor.


Our faculty members are here to teach and to do research. Several faculty members have research projects involving students. Two of our faculty members do theoretical work in particle physics and field theory while others are involved with numerous different experimental research fields; some of our faculty are involved in physics pedagogy.

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