Calling all stargazers! Explore the cosmos and beyond at one of the finest centers for astronomical studies in the world. Astronomy is the scientific study of celestial objects, space and the physical universe. The Bachelor of Science in Astronomy is an intensive program that builds on a strong foundation of mathematics, physics and astrophysics. It is designed to prepare students for graduate school to pursue a Ph.D., as well as to gain professional employment in fields such as astronomy and astrophysics. The program and the research prominence of Steward Observatory combine to create a rigorous setting in which students learn from national and international leaders in astronomy, and enjoy access to premier observing conditions, world-class telescopes and a vibrant astronomical community.
The Astronomy Department offers a B.S. degree in a program which is designed to prepare students for graduate work or professional employment in astronomy, astrophysics and related fields. The curriculum combines courses and research in astronomy and astrophysics with a strong foundation in physics and mathematics. The major requires 36 units of coursework. For typical four-year plans of study, Frequently Asked Questions, the names of Astronomy Advisors, Undergraduate Research, and more, see the links on the right. Most of those plans assume that you start as a Freshman with Math 122 or 125 (ie, “Calculus 1”). If you are starting with Math 100, 111/112, or 120R, please consult with both a Math Advisor and your Astronomy advisor. It will take more than 4 years to complete the B.S. degree if you do not start with Calculus I (or high level math). If you are starting with Math 129 or above, again, please see your advisor.
Astronomy & Space Sciences, Natural Sciences & Mathematics
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- Demonstrate the ability to meaningfully analyze, apply and integrate the principle findings, common applications, current problems, fundamental techniques, and underlying theory of the astronomy discipline.
- Improve knowledge of principle findings, common applications, current problems, fundamental techniques, and underlying theories in the disciplines of Astronomy and Planetary Science.
- Employ discipline skills related to the observational techniques, instrumentation, computational methods, and software applications used to investigate modern astrophysical phenomena and problems.
- Increase the ability to interpret, evaluate, synthesize and communicate about a wide variety of content central to Astronomy and Planetary Science.
- Develop proficiency with communicating, translating and interpreting fundamental astronomical concepts and research results in oral and/or written formats.
- Develop quantitative reasoning abilities and data fluency through investigations of a wide variety of astrophysical phenomena and problems.
- Conduct guided research and/or develop mastery-knowledge of a specific area of the discipline of astronomy.
- Develop the ability to communicate about fundamental astronomical concepts, research results and technological advancements in both oral and written formats.
- Gain an appreciation for the role that Astronomy and Planetary Science have played in art and literature and how this relates to important aspects of our society (and to your own personal life).
- Participate in the scholarly, ethical, and discipline specific practices of the field at an emergent level.
- Observational Astronomy
- Quantum Theory
- Galactic & Extragalactic Astrophysics
- Software engineering Here is a link to the WEEKLY UPDATE NEWSLETTER for the Astronomy and Physics Departments.
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4 years | Full time
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