Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Physics and Geology Minors

Minor in Astronomy

Astronomy is the study of the universe and its contents including planets, stars, galaxies, and clusters. A minor in astronomy would be particularly useful to students majoring in the physical or biological sciences and math. An astronomy minor can help expand employment and educational opportunities in graduate school, government and industry. The minor in astronomy requires 27 to 29 credit hours. At least nine of those credit hours must be 300 level or above.

Requirements for Minor: Astronomy


AST 110

Solar System Astronomy with Laboratory


AST 115

Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology with Laboratory


PHY 211


PHY 213


PHY 220


PHY 222


PHY 224

General Physics with Laboratory I


General Physics with Laboratory II


University Physics with Laboratory I


University Physics with Laboratory II


University Physics with Laboratory II

10 or 12

AST 310

Astronomical Techniques


AST 315


AST 394

Introductory Astrophysics


Topics: Astronomy


Select three credit hours from the following:

PHY 320

Physical Optics


AST 325

Geology of the Planets


AST 392

Directed Research: Astronomy


AST 397

Special Projects: Astronomy


AST 399

Independent Study in Astronomy


AST 492

Directed Research: Astronomy




Minor in Geology

A minor in geology consists of 21 credit hours, of which at least 12 must be at the 300 level or above. A minor in geology, emphasizing courses in environmental geology and hydrogeology, is particularly appropriate for students majoring in environmental science. The minor in geology is most appropriate for students who wish to have a background in geology to support another major.

Minor in Physics

The minor in physics requires 21credit hours of physics and astronomy. Credit in PHY 110 cannot be applied to the minor.

Requirements for Minor: Physics


PHY 211


PHY 213


PHY 220


PHY 222


PHY 224

General Physics with Laboratory I


General Physics with Laboratory II


University Physics with Laboratory I


University Physics with Laboratory II


University Physics with Laboratory III

10 or 12

Select one course from the following:

AST 325

Geology of the Planets


PHY 305



PHY 310



PHY 315

Introduction to Astrophysics


PHY 320

Physical Optics


PHY 330

Mathematical Physics


PHY 360



PHY 361

Modern Physics


Electives (PHY or AST, but not PHY 110)




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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

The Catalog

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University Accreditation

Employment and Earnings of Kentucky College Graduates

About NKU

Program Offerings

Admissions and Enrollment

International Admissions and Enrollment

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Academic Program Opportunities

University Policies and Procedures

Academic Support

Student Engagement

General Education

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College of Education and Human Services

College of Health Professions

College of Informatics

Pre-Professional and Interdisciplinary Programs

Course Descriptions

Course Description Notes

Accounting Courses (ACC)

Anthropology Courses (ANT)

Arabic Courses (ARI)

Art Courses (ART)

Astronomy Courses (AST)

Athletic Training Program Courses (ATP)

Biological Sciences Courses (BIO)

Business Informatics Courses (BIS)

Black Studies Courses (BLS)

Business Courses (BUS)

College of Arts and Sciences Courses (CAS)

Cooperative Education Courses (CEP)

Chemistry Courses (CHE)

Chinese Courses (CHI)

Cinema Studies Courses (CIN)

Computer Information Technology Courses (CIT)

Construction Management Courses (CMGT)

Communication Studies Courses (CMST)

Communication Courses (COM)

Counseling Courses (COU)

Computer Science Courses (CSC)

Career and Technical Education Courses (CTE)

Dance Courses (DAN)

Data Science Courses (DSC)

Economics Courses (ECO)

Education – Special Education Courses (EDS)

Education Courses (EDU)

Engineering Technology Courses (EGT)

Electronic Media and Broadcasting Courses (EMB)

English Courses (ENG)

English Developmental Courses (ENGD)

Entrepreneurship Courses (ENTP)

Environmental Science Courses (ENV)

Finance Courses (FIN)

Financial Literacy Courses (FLC)

French Courses (FRE)

Geography Courses (GEO)

German Courses (GER)

Geology Courses (GLY)

Health Education Courses (HEA)

Health Informatics Courses (HIN)

History Courses (HIS)

Honors Courses (HNR)

Human Resource Management Courses (HRM)

Health Science Courses (HSC)

Human Services/Mental Health Courses (HSR)

Informatics Courses (INF)

International Programs Courses (INTL)

Integrative Studies Courses (IST)

Italian Courses (ITA)

Journalism Courses (JOU)

Japanese Courses (JPN)

Criminal Justice Courses (JUS)

Kinesiology Courses (KIN)

Korean Courses (KOR)

Learning Assistance Program Courses (LAP)

Latin Courses (LAT)

Organizational Leadership Courses (LDR)

Library Informatics Courses (LIN)

Developmental Mathematics Courses (MAHD)

Mathematics Courses (MAT)

Medieval Studies Courses (MDS)

Management Courses (MGT)

Media Informatics Courses (MIN)

Marketing Courses (MKT)

Military Science Courses (MSC)

Music Courses (MUS)

Neuroscience Courses (NEU)

Nursing Registered Professional Courses (NRP)

Nursing Baccalaureate Courses (NRS)

Public Administration Courses (PAD)

Physical Education Courses (PHE)

Philosophy Courses (PHI)

Physics Courses (PHY)

Popular Culture Courses (POP)

Public Relations Courses (PRE)

Political Science Courses (PSC)

Psychology Courses (PSY)

Radiologic Science Courses (RAD)

Reading Workshop Courses (RDG)

Religious Studies Courses (REL)

Respiratory Care Courses (RSP)

Russian Courses (RUS)

Integrated Sciences Courses (SCI)

Sociology Courses (SOC)

Sports Business Courses (SPB)

Spanish Courses (SPI)

Statistics Courses (STA)

Social Work Courses (SWK)

Theatre Courses (TAR)

University Programs Courses (UNV)

Women's and Gender Studies Courses (WGS)

World Languages Courses (WLL)

University Administration


Emeritus Faculty


Kentucky Residency