Two degrees in astronomy are offered, the Bachelor of Science degree and the Bachelor of Arts degree. The primary difference between the two degrees is that the B.A. degree allows somewhat more flexibility in choice of courses.
Both the B.A. and B.S. degrees provide excellent preparation for graduate studies. There is also a minor program in astronomy. Students interested in majoring or minoring in Astronomy should contact Professor Chris Mihos, who is the academic advisor for the undergraduate program.
Students majoring in other degree programs can also do Astronomy as a secondary major; the requirements for the secondary major follow those for the Astronomy B.A. degree.
A broad and substantial background in physics and mathematics with introductory exposure to astronomy is emphasized in the astronomy curriculum. A faculty actively engaged in research provides first-rate instruction and opportunity for undergraduate involvement in research.
More information can be found in the following documents:
- Astronomy B.A. and B.S. degree requirements (for students matriculating prior to Fall 2023)
- Astronomy B.A. and B.S. degree requirements (for students matriculating Fall 2023 or later)
- Astronomy Minor requirements
And full information on general graduation requirements can always be found in the Undergraduate Handbook and the General Bulletin, both available through the Undergraduate Studies website.