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The minor in physics and the minor in astronomy are suitable for students who wish to supplement a related discipline or simply have a general interest in the field. Note that research done through Independent Study (3860) or Directed Study (3840)  is not a requirement of either minor but is permitted and encouraged. Students must obtain approval from a faculty research supervisor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies before enrolling in either of these classes.

Students seeking a minor will be assigned an advisor from the list of faculty given at the link Advisors for PHYS Majors. Students are encouraged to seek advice about physics and/or astronomy and be mentored by any faculty member in the department. The official advisors listed below are particularly knowledgeable on curricular matters and support systems at Vanderbilt University. They are also the ones who have the authority to sign official paperwork.

Minor in Physics

Any first-semester, calculus-based physics class with lab
(1501 and 1501L, 1601 and 1601L, or 1901)
4-5 hours
Any second-semester, calculus-based physics class with lab
(1502 and 1502L, 1602 and 1602L, or 1902)
4-5 hours
Physics 2250, 2250W, 2260, or 2260W 4 hours
Two 2000-level or higher physics courses,
one of which may be a 3 credit-hour, one-semester directed study course (3840) or a 3 credit-hour, one-semester independent study course (3860)
6 hours
Physics 3600 1 hour
Total Hours: 19-21 hours

Minor in Astronomy

Astronomy 1010 and either 1010L or 1120L, or 3000 and either 1010L or 1120L, or 1220 4 hours
Four other astronomy courses, one of which may be a
3 credit-hour directed study (ASTR 3840)
12 hours
Two semesters of ASTR 2600 2 hours
Total Hours: 18 hours