The Gemini Observatory gives astronomy students a view to the stars.

Astronomy is the study of the universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.

It explores the physics, chemistry, and evolution of objects like moons, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies, as well as features like supernovae explosions and cosmic background radiation.

Program overview

Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree options:

  • Any degree, minor in Astronomy

As part of the Department of Physics, a minor in astronomy at Mount Allison combines astronomy-related courses in physics with complementary courses in a number of other disciplines including biology, chemistry, environmental science, philosophy, computer science, and mathematics.

Astronomy courses include such topics as:

  • Solar system astronomy
  • Stars, galaxies and the Universe
  • Astrophysics
  • Life in the Universe

In addition to formal astronomy courses, the physics department offers a number of advanced courses relevant to those planning a career in astrophysics, including modern optics, classical mechanics, relativity, and signal processing.

Find a list of astronomy courses in the academic calendar – physics.

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