Your Ticket to the Cosmos and Beyond.

The Astronomy minor combines traditional coursework with hands-on experience in a curriculum that emphasizes practical application and academic excellence. As a student in the program, you’ll have access to world-class research facilities and equipment, including remote access to telescopes around the world, access to the fully automated 1-meter telescope at the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium, and use of our on-campus supercomputer, Big Dawg.

With paid departmental research opportunities and a high placement rate to research positions and internships, Butler’s Astronomy minor helps students take their knowledge out of the classroom and into the world—and beyond.

Program Information


Sample courses in this program, include:

  • AS 102 – Modern Astronomy 
  • PH 201 – Introduction to Analytical Physics 
  • AS 301 – Modern Astronomical Techniques 
  • AS 311 – Astrophysics 1 

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Natalia Andreev
Lecturer – Physics
Physics and Astronomy – LAS
My area of research is observational radio astronomy:  – observation of regions of massive star formation in our galaxy using: Green Bank Telescope (GBT), Very Large Array (VLA),  and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).- study of…
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Xianming Han
Professor – Physics
Physics and Astronomy – LAS
Ph.D., 1989, University of Colorado, Boulder.Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, 1989-1991, University of Idaho, Moscow.Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, 1991-present, Butler University, Indianapolis.Recent teaching duties:NW…
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Aarran Shaw
Assistant Professor – Physics
Physics and Astronomy – LAS
My research focuses on accreting compact objects. When stars die they leave behind very dense remnants, which, depending on mass of the progenitor star, can be a white dwarf, neutron star or black hole. Many of these objects can be found in binary…
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