Course Overview

As an Astronomy student, you’ll explore the origin, evolution, makeup, and motion of the matter in the universe as you prepare for a career in the industry (like aerospace or data science), or further graduate study.

  • Explore the universe through the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, one of the most significant alltime astronomy projects.
  • Get a firm grounding in the sciences through courses in physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and astrophysics.
  • Jump into research by working with faculty and graduate students on topics like star cluster and galaxy evolution, infrared and radio astronomy, and stellar and interstellar gas chemistry and dynamics, with data collected from Sloan, the Green Bank Telescope, Hubble Space Telescope, WHAM telescope in Chile, and the McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains of west Texas.

Course Examples by Year


Physics I and II
Intro Astronomy: Earth and Planets
Cosmic Origins
Calculus I and II
Intro to Computer Science for Scientists
First-Year Physics and Astronomy Seminar


Modern Physics
Linear Algebra
Calculus III
General Chemistry
Understanding the Earth


Intermediate Astronomy
Classical Mechanics
Introduction to Solid State
Special Problems in Physics
Differential Equations
Elements of Quantum Mechanics


Observational Astronomy
Thermal Physics
Electromagnetic Fields
Computational Physics
Contemporary Topics in Physics
Senior Research

Sample courses for a minor include Cosmic Origins; Intro Astronomy: Earth and Planets; Archaeoastronomy; Understanding the Earth; Observational Astronomy; and Evolution and Exploration of the Solar System.

Where Graduates Go

Recent Astronomy graduates enter graduate study in astronomy, astrophysics, or physics. Others choose to begin careers in the industry or at observatories.