While there is no major in astronomy, the Department of Geology & Astronomy offers a minor in the subject. The astronomy minor consist of 6 courses (18 credits). Students wishing to persue the minor are required to take the following courses:
Students are required to complete 3 credits of independent study with a faculty member. The exact nature of the research will be determined by the student and faculty member. A wide variety of projects are available. Past projects have included working with observational data from astronomical satellites such as the Chandra X-ray Observatory, performing individual observations using the WCU Observatory, and working on public education and outreach projects in the WCU Planetarium.