Learn more about the universe and our place in it. Discover connections between astrophysics and other subjects and disciplines. 

In the astrophysics minor at Pacific University, you can explore questions about the life cycle of stars, the nature of black holes, the future of humanity in space, the possibility of extraterrestrial life, and the scale, history, and destiny of the universe. 

Pacific astrophysics students have the unique opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study. Our astrophysics minor is designed to complement any major. Students are able to combine astrophysics with the study of arts, humanities and sciences.

In the astrophysics minor, students complete courses in astronomy, cosmology, and astrophysics problem solving, plus a set of electives in an area of particular interest. Within the minor, you can choose an emphasis from several subject options including physics, biology, chemistry, or even art, theatre, or communications. 

What Can You Do with an Astrophysics Minor?

If you are interested in a career in astrophysics, combining the astrophysics minor with a physics major will prepare you for graduate school in physics with an astronomy specialization. 

The minor is also a great choice for any student who would like to learn more about how the universe works, and explore connections between astrophysics and other areas. 


Pacific Alumnus and Professor Build Model of Optimal Space Orbit 'Parking' Spot
The model, built by Pacific University alumnus Huy Nguyen ’21 along with Pacific Physics Professor Todd Duncan, illustrates the gravitational sweet spots for spacecraft to park within the Earth-Moon system. Construction of the 3-D model, which was printed on Pacific equipment, was funded by a grant from the Oregon National Space Grant Consortium. The grant is a small part of NASA's advance planning for future lunar missions, when spacecraft are likely to conduct operations in an orbit above the moon.

Join the Physics & Astronomy Club

The Physics & Astronomy Club is a student-run organization open to all students. It plans events like skywatching and movie nights and meets informally to study and talk about astronomy and physics and other mysteries of the universe. Contact club advisor Todd Duncan to find out about upcoming events.