UNC Asheville’s astronomy minor opens this exciting field of study to both physics students and those majoring in other disciplines.

In addition to their astronomy classroom study, students make use of the university’s Lookout Observatory for research and observation. Some astronomy students become employed as Lookout Observatory docents, lead tours and observation sessions.

Students also can become involved in astronomical research by Physics Department faculty who have ongoing observational and archival programs using the Hubble Space Telescope.

The astronomy minor entails 18 semester hours of astronomy courses including Astronomy Lab, Observational Astronomy, and elective courses like Indigenous Perspectives on the Sky, Astrophysics, and Black Holes and Cosmology.

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