Astronomy is not only one of the oldest sciences, but also one of the most active in terms of exciting and ground breaking new discoveries. Astronomy, together with its cognate sciences Astrophysics and Cosmology, is concerned with the discovery and understanding of celestial objects ranging from asteroids and comets to planets, stars, galaxies, galaxy clusters, and the evolution of the universe on the largest scales.

A Minor in Astronomy will introduce you to all the interesting fields of astronomical inquiry and provide you with hands on experience with telescopes and advanced imaging devices.

If you would like to pursue graduate studies in astronomy, you should take the B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Physics with a Specialization in Astronomy.

Please contact phys_engphys@usask.ca if you have any questions regarding the Astronomy program options.

Students who, in conjunction with an Arts & Science degree in a different subject, take 18 credit units or more of Astronomy courses will receive a Minor in Astronomy. At least 3 credit units must be at the 300- or 400-level. Courses listed under the “C6 Major Requirement” of the student’s program Major cannot be used to meet requirements for the Minor.

The Minor average in Astronomy will be calculated using the grades earned in all courses eligible to be included in the Minor program requirements. Students must complete at least two-thirds of the program requirements (rounded to the nearest highest multiple of 3 credit units) using courses offered by the University of Saskatchewan to meet the Residency requirement.