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Gravitational wave

Discover how components of the universe interact and what lies beyond earth’s atmosphere.

The Bachelor of Science in Astronomy program prepares students for graduate school, a career in research or teaching, or employment in industry, business, or education fields where analytical skills and a scientific background are advantageous.

Astronomy, students, research

Program Highlights

  • Learn from student-oriented faculty members who are dynamic, well-known in their fields, and highly productive in research.
  • Majors have the opportunity to complete a research/internship/independent study experience via designated courses.
  • Majors also complete a capstone course in observational astronomy by completing a project, making presentations, and learning professional-style writing.

Course Catalog

Review admission and course requirements for this degree:

Students who are considering a double major should talk to the undergraduate coordinator.

Below are sample schedules showing typical progressions through the major. For a personalized plan, please see our advisors.

If Fall of year 1 is an odd-numbered year:

If Fall of year 1 is an even-numbered year:

Add a Minor

As a Astronomy major you may also be interested in these minors offered by the College of Science:

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