A college degree in astronomy focuses on the study of outer space, the objects in it, and the universe.

For this major you’ll take lots of astronomy classes. But you’ll also need to take classes in the arts, science, math, and social sciences to earn your bachelor’s degree. These extra courses help make sure that you graduate from college with all of the skills you’ll need to prepare for a successful career as an astronomer.

Sample Courses

Astronomy Courses:

  • Introduction to the Solar System
  • Life in the Universe
  • Physical Geology
  • Planetary Geology
  • Evolution of Earth and Life
  • Astrobiology
  • Cellular Biology
  • Foundations of Chemistry
  • Observational Astronomy
  • Stellar Astronomy
  • Galactic & Extragalactic Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Optics
  • Stars and Stellar Evolution
  • Gravitation and Cosmology
  • Research Project

General Curriculum Requirements

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology