Astronomy

What Is It?:

Astronomy is based upon both a broad and an in-depth exploration into astronomy and allied disciplines, and is an excellent way to gain a general science education.  It may be chosen by student who wish to have an astronomy research career or an astronomy background for use in related fields, such as working in national laboratories, observatories, planetariums, NASA, aerospace industry, many computer-related fields, journalism, or science writing to name a few.

Astronomy students are also encouraged to minor in a second field such as chemistry, computer science, geology, or mathematics.  Specific programs of study in other areas such as biology, economics, English, history, or journalism for individual students can be designed and periodically updated through mutual discussions between the students and their academic advisors.

For more information, please visit the Department of Astronomy.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • ASTR 100—Introduction to Astronomy
  • ASTR 121—The Solar System
  • ASTR 122—Stars & Galaxies

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period. 

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Astronomer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Consultant
  • Laser Engineer
  • Photo Optic Technician
  • Researcher
  • Teacher

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Computer Company
  • Manufacturing Firm
  • Observatory
  • Scientific Laboratory
  • Space Research (NASA)
  • Private Firm

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

Related Skills:

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Research capabilities
  • Analyzing data
  • Interpreting observations
  • Planning observational programs

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Astronomy, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Astronomy.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Astronomy.  These organizations include American Astronomical Society and International Astronomical Union (IAU).

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Astronomy, visit Undergraduate Programs.