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Location: 180-204
Phone: (805) 756-2448
Fax: (805) 756-2435
Chair: Jennifer Klay

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Astronomy Minor


The Astronomy Minor provides students an opportunity to learn about and analyze astronomical phenomena and processes.  The Minor explores our current scientific understanding of the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology.  In addition, the Minor enhances familiarity and skills in observational astronomy, including telescope data collection, analysis, and interpretation. A Minor in Astronomy provides a background for graduate-level studies in astronomy or work in related fields. Interested students should see an Astronomy Minor Advisor.


Astronomy Minor Advisor:

Name Phone email Office
David Mitchell 805-756-5290


For details regarding the requirements for the Astronomy Minor, please go to the Cal Poly Catalog.  For information about when courses are offered, please check the Term Typically Offered webpage.

Application for the Astronomy Minor

If you are interested in pursuing the astronomy minor, please keep in mind that most astronomy classes are only offered one quarter per year and some astronomy classes are only offered three out of four years. The astronomy minor advisors can help you in the planning.

Please fill in the worksheet linked here, either with the information on when (quarter/year) you *took* the required classes (if applicable) or when (quarter/year) you are *planning* on taking the required classes. To help you with the planning, we recommend filling in this worksheet as soon as possible. Email the worksheet to the astronomy minor (Dr. David Mitchell, who will start the process of declaring the astronomy minor for you. You may also download the Astronomy Minor flyer for more information here.

While you do not need to apply for an astronomy minor or declare it before taking any astronomy classes, we recommend that you complete this process as soon as possible and at the very latest a month before you are planning to graduate.
Please note that the Astronomy minor is not "degree applicable", so declaring it does not help with registration times.

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