Which Well-Known Colleges Offer Astronomy Degree Programs?

Many well-known U.S. colleges offer undergraduate and graduate programs in astronomy, astrophysics or planetary sciences. Among these are the University of Chicago, Boston University and the University of Texas at Austin. Schools offering Biology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

University of Chicago

Ranked fifth among U.S. News & World Report's National Universities in 2014, the University of Chicago offers a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy through its Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The department has partnerships with several research facilities, including the Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab, and students have access to telescopes and other research instruments through Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, WI. Students in astronomy and astrophysics degree programs at the University of Chicago can expect to take courses in:

  • Astrophysics
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Cosmology
  • Extragalactic astronomy

Boston University

U.S. News & World Report ranked Boston University (BU) as one of the nation's top 60 colleges in 2014. Within its astronomy department, BU offers several undergraduate and graduate degrees, including:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Astronomy
  • B.A. in Astronomy and Physics
  • B.A. in Geophysics and Planetary Sciences
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Astronomy
  • Ph.D. in Astronomy

Astronomy students at BU begin participating in research during their undergraduate years and, through the astronomy department's partnership with the Lowell Observatory, have an opportunity to work with the 72-inch Perkins Telescope. Astronomy students at BU also can join the student-run Boston University Astronomical Society.

University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas (UT) has received top rankings from the National Research Council for many of its programs and departments. The UT Austin Astronomy Department offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Graduate programs include a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Astronomy. The undergraduate program allows students to choose from a single or double major, including:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Astronomy
  • B.A. in Astronomy
  • B.S in Physics/B.S. in Astronomy (4-year program)
  • B.S in Physics/B.S in Astronomy (5-year program)

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