Astronomy Minor

Anyone who enjoys viewing the night sky and delving into the mysteries of the universe should explore the Astronomy minor program. This minor is primarily for those looking at pursuing a graduate degree in astronomy or astrophysics, and requires a solid foundation in mathematics and physics.

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Award winning

Award-winning professors

Our professors are recipients of numerous local, state and national awards for teaching, scholarship and service.

State of the art

State-of-the-art equipment

Students have access to a variety of tools, including real-time weather monitoring equipment, high-tech microscopes, computers with specialized software and more.

Top Notch

Top-notch facilities

Home to the UNI Observatory and Planetarium, students gain hands-on learning experiences in our excellent facilities.

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‌Required Courses

Contact us directly at:

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
121 Latham Hall
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0335

Phone: (319) 273-2759

Common career areas:

  • Astronomer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Science Center Content Specialist
  • Planetarium Director/Presenter


  • Stars
  • Galaxies and Cosmology
  • Astrophysics