Astronomy Major

Description: A general program that focuses on the planetary, galactic, and stellar phenomena occurring in outer space. Includes instruction in celestial mechanics, cosmology, stellar physics, galactic evolution, quasars, stellar distribution and motion, interstellar medium, atomic and molecular constituents of astronomical phenomena, planetary science, solar system evolution, and specific methodologies such as optical astronomy, radioastronomy, and theoretical astronomy.

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Astronomy Major

What Kinds of Students Major in Astronomy?

Astronomy is generally recognized as a sub-field within physics. In order to be successful in this field a student must be very strong in physics, mathematics and the sciences, generally. This calls for a mind that can deal with conceptual frameworks and ideas readily, especially since the objects of study are seldom within reach.

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What Courses Do Astronomy Majors Take?

The required and elective courses you would take for Astronomy majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • The Solar System
  • Astrophysics
  • Galaxies and the Universe
  • Introductory Astronomy
  • Mathematics Courses
  • Physics Courses
  • Planetary Astronomy
  • Stellar Astronomy
  • The Search for Extraterrestrial Life