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.

Future Opportunities

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. 

Popular Careers in Astronomy & Astrophysics

  • Research Astrophysicist
  • Telescope Operator/Engineer
  • Planetarium Director
  • Educators (High School to University-level) 
  • STEM Public Outreach
  • Data Science

Find more career paths in physics and astronomy 

Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Astronomy program is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Astronomy, Minor

Discover your path and coursework to earning an Astronomy Minor. This minor compliments many programs within CSET and is often times paired with the Physics major.

Astronomy Faculty and Staff

Meet our Astronomy faculty and staff.