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Programs in astronomy teach people about planets, galaxies, and outer space.

Astronomy programs include topics such as:


Community colleges offer associate degree programs in astronomy. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in astronomy. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. A bachelor's degree prepares students for an entry-level position as a technician. Majoring in physics is also a good preparation for graduate studies in astronomy.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in astronomy. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor’s degree in astronomy, physics, mathematics, computer science, or a related science. You also need good grades and good test scores. If your degree is in an area other than physics, you may be required to complete certain prerequisite undergraduate physics courses.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

No matter where you go to school, you're likely to take a set of "core" courses similar to the list above. Once you've completed those courses, you can take advanced courses in astronomy. Courses may include:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate students usually focus on a particular area of research interest in astronomy. Typical courses vary by specialty. All require original research and extensive use of computer modeling. A list of common graduate requirements is below:

Things to Know

Students with a bachelor's degree are qualified to work as a research assistant or technician in a laboratory, planetarium, or institute.

A postdoctoral research assignment can help you get experience before finding a permanent research position.


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