The Astronomy program serves the needs of a wide range of students, from those with only a casual interest in the subject to those students planning careers in the field. Paired with a major in physics, the astronomy minor serves as the first step towards a career in teaching or research in astronomy.
Many astronomers find employment as faculty members at colleges or universities where they are engaged in teaching and research activities; others are full-time researchers at major observatories around the world. Astronomy graduates who do not obtain doctorates may still find employment in a variety of roles in support of professional astronomy.
The Astronomy program is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.