The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a major directed toward a career in astronomy.
This degree is suitable for students who want to pursue graduate studies leading to research and academic careers in Astronomy, Astrophysics or related fields. It can also be used as the basis for other careers such as engineering, actuarial science, medicine, law, computer programming and finances. It can be accompanied by the Biophysics concentration for those students interested in applications of physics to biological systems.The Astronomy B.S. program is very rigorous in mathematics.
The first-year and sophomore program includes a combined concentration in astronomy, physics and mathematics. Most professional positions in astronomy and astrophysics generally require study leading to the Ph.D. degree. Opportunities include research positions in observatories, often in conjunction with university teaching, and scientific positions in government agencies and industry.