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Astronomy and Astrophysics (BS)

Astronomy and Astrophysics (BS)


Astronomy and astrophysics is the study of planets, stars, galaxies and the universe as a whole, including how these originate and how they evolve in time. The principal pursuits of the astronomer are to extend our understanding of the physical nature of the universe and to convey this understanding to students and the general public.

Why choose astronomy and astrophysics?

Astronomy and astrophysics students obtain a strong background in physics and applied mathematics and take courses in programming and data analysis in addition to topics in modern astrophysics. The program prepares students for graduate study in astronomy and other physical sciences, as well as a solid grounding for becoming a teacher in the physical sciences at the primary and secondary levels. Students also often conduct undergraduate research, either in astronomy and astrophysics, or in a related department such as physics, chemistry, and math.

What can you do with this degree?

Though the astronomy and astrophysics program equips students with the tools necessary to pursue postgraduate education, many graduate enter careers teaching at the high school level, as well as at observatories, planetariums, science museums and in industry where they may assist in computational and observational research programs or participate in public education programs.