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Astronomy & Physics

Explore the origin, evolution and makeup of the matter in the universe.

Students observing fluorescent liquid in a beaker

Through basic courses in physics, mathematics, geology and chemistry, you’ll gain a foundation for understanding classical and modern physics, or study topics like star cluster and galaxy evolution, infrared and radio astronomy. You can jump start a career in industries such as aerospace or data science, or further your studies through graduate school – all with a firm grounding in the sciences.

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Programs Offered


Sample Courses


  • Cosmic Origins
  • Stellar Astrophysics
  • Observational Astronomy
  • Intro to Computer Science for Scientists
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Thermal Physics
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Special Admission Requirements


There are no special admissions requirements for this program.

Our Faculty


Our faculty deciphers how the galaxies evolve by observing stars and gas in the Milky Way and in neighboring galaxies. We use world-class telescopes and study at observatories locally and around the globe. Our astronomers are also part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey consortium, one of the most significant astronomy projects of all time. Meet our faculty. 

What Sets Us Apart


In our observational astronomy and computational physics program, you’ll have the tools you need to explore the skies—you can even observe firsthand at observatories such as the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, Texas.

Career Prospects


Graduates in physics and astronomy can continue graduate studies to work in research or academic settings, or work in industries such as scientific instrumentation, aerospace and defense or at observatories. Our alumni have landed jobs at companies such as:

  • NASA
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Frontiers of Flight Museum

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