Planetary Science

Broadening planetary perspectives

The Planetary Science Minor allows students interested in Astronomy or Geology to broaden their perspectives and to apply their knowledge to planets other than Earth. Here you have a unique opportunity to view firsthand the beauty and wonder of the cosmos at the Stull observatory located on the south end of the Alfred University campus.


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


none offered


Planetary Science

Stull Observatory

All students at Alfred University have a unique opportunity to view firsthand the beauty and wonder of the nighttime sky. The Stull observatory at Alfred University houses one of the larger optical telescopes in NY state, the .82 meter Austin-Fellows Telescope. We also have a remotely operable 16-inch DFM telescope, a 9-inch refractor, and 16-inch and 20-inch Newtonian telescopes as well as a small radio telescope.

Course Requirements

  • ASTR 302 Planetary Science (2 credit hours) *

Elective Courses (at least 6 credit hours must be 200-level or above)

12 credits from the following:

  • ASTR 107 Astronomy Lab (2 credit hours)
  • ASTR 103 Introduction to Astronomy (4 credit hours)
  • ASTR 307 Advanced Astronomy Lab (2 credit hours)
  • GEOL 101 This Dynamic Earth (4 credit hours)
  • GEOL 110 Lunar Geology (2 credit hours)
  • GEOL 201 Surficial Geology (4 credit hours)
  • GEOL 210 Geology of Venus (2 credit hours)
  • GEOL 408 Tectonics (4 credit hours)

* This course has prerequisites; see course descriptions in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences catalog.

Faculty / Staff

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Roger Loucks

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Physics & Astronomy

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