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As an astronomy major, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge about the nature of the universe, with thorough preparation in physics and mathematics. Like nearly all majors, there are opportunities to engage in research projects in your junior and senior years — faculty and students have played major roles in space exploration, including a heavy involvement in NASA missions such as the Mars Rovers.

Sample Courses

  • From New Worlds to Black Holes
  • Planets, Exoplanets and the Origin of Life
  • Galaxies Across Cosmic Time
  • Physics of Black Holes, White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars

Students went off to

  • Study astronomy at Caltech
  • Do software development at Microsoft
  • Serve as chair of a California university physics department