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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Astronomy Program

From 1975, the astronomy program served the needs of a wide range of students, from those with only a casual interest in the subject to others who were planning careers in the field.


The 100-level courses (which include general education offerings) are designed to introduce astronomy to the student with a minimal background in mathematics and the physical sciences. The courses designed for astronomy minors cover a variety of topics in modern astronomy and astrophysics and require significant preparation in mathematics and physics; however, most of the upper-level astronomy courses will only be offered on need basis.


Students interested in astronomy career can complete a minor in astronomy with a major in physics, followed by graduate work in astronomy or astrophysics at another institution. The American Astronomical Society maintains a listing of college departments offering astronomy-related degrees, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.



The astronomers operate two observatories at the southern edge of campus:


Teaching astronomy in high schools, colleges and universities. Research in universities, observatories, and national laboratories. Some astrophysicists work in industry using their computer skills.