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 at academic research institutions or colleges and universities; others are full-time researchers at major observatories around the world. Astronomy and physics graduates are often in high demand across a variety of sectors of the economy (engineering and data science, but also economics and finance) because the astronomy and physics curriculum is designed to inspire and develop creative and technical thinking.
The Astronomy program is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.