Astronomy (Minor)

Arts and Sciences
Earth and Physical Sciences

The Online Bulletin is for information purposes only. Current students must complete the requirements as outlined in the York Bulletin as applicable.
Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

Astronomy is the comprehensive study of the objects of the sky. It should be noted that Astronomy is offered only as a minor at York College. Offerings include studies of the origin, physical nature and motion of the Sun, Moon, stars, galaxies, and planets and the structure, possible history and future of the Universe. Astronomy courses exist at York College at both the non-science and science major levels and are open to all students with appropriate prerequisites.

Several astronomy courses can be used to fulfill general education and Pathways requirements. Such courses include: Astronomy 101, Astronomy 102, and Astronomy 141. Advanced level courses that make use of the York College Observatory, such as Astronomy 301, are also available. Several upper level courses are cross-listed and/or satisfy physics major and minor elective credit (Astro 491, 492, 493, 495, 496).


Requirements for Astronomy Minor


Required Course

ASTR301Observational Astronomy 

Choose 11 credits from the following:

ASTR201The Solar System 
ASTR202Stars and the Milky Way 
ASTR203Introduction to Cosmology 
ASTR204Methods of Scientific Research 
ASTR491Astrophysics I: Planetary Astronomy 
ASTR492Astrophysics II: Stellar Astronomy 
ASTR493Astrophysics III: Extragalactic Astronomy 
ASTR495Independent Study 
ASTR496Independent Study 
GEOL282Weather and Climate 
GEOL305Earth History 
GEOL340Remote Sensing 
PHYS282Weather and Climate 
PHYS491Astrophysics I: Planetary Astronomy 
PHYS492Astrophysics II: Stellar Astronomy 
PHYS493Astrophysics III: Extragalactic Astronomy