Astronomy

Undergraduate Degree Offered
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Gravity, radiation and matter
Astronomers use observations with telescopes, together with physics and computer calculations, to understand the nature of the early universe, our galaxy and other galaxies, the evolution of stars and planets, and the formation of our own Solar System. Besides observations and theoretical studies, University of Arizona astronomers develop better instruments and telescopes with which to make their observations, which is vital to future progress in astronomy.

Curriculum
The astronomy degree program begins with courses to build a strong foundation in mathematics (including calculus and differential equations), and in physics. Astrophysics courses include: the role of gravity in the Universe from planets orbiting stars, the large scale structure of the cosmos, and the interaction of radiation and matter. These concepts are applied in courses covering planetary systems; stars, their formation and evolution; galaxies; and the origin and evolution of the Universe. Also required are physics courses in electricity and magnetism, mechanics, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics. Students can also carry out independent research projects under guidance of professors.

Career options
Graduates with a B.S. degree can pursue positions as research technical staff in observatories, data analysts at NASA research centers, technical positions in private companies, science teaching in middle and high schools, scientific software programming, education/public outreach in museums and planetariums, and science writing. Graduates with a B.S. and a graduate degree (Ph.D.) can pursue a career as professional astronomer at observatories and NASA centers, an astronaut mission specialist, and an astronomy faculty member at a college or university.

Related Web Site
Department of Astronomy