Astronomy Bachelor's Degree Overview
Astronomy is the study of our solar system, stars, galaxies and beyond to the most distant reaches of the universe. Numerous discoveries such as gamma ray bursters, "great walls" of galaxies, cosmic jets, gravitational lenses and Einstein rings have been made in the past two decades. Astronomers are faced with new challenges because of these discoveries.
Astronomy is closely related to physics, geology and biology, for the study of space science searches for extraterrestrial life and studies of the origin of earth and other planets. Perhaps most importantly, astronomy sparks the imagination and has a strong influence on human culture, teaching us our place in the universe, our prospects for the future and the importance of physical sciences.
UTis a nationally known center of astronomy because of federally funded research work by our faculty and our active programs in public education in the Ritter Observatory, Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory. Students are often involved in research projects and gain valuable experiences using our 1-meter telescope on campus.
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Highlights
- Low faculty-to-student ratio - Most of our students work one-on-one with faculty members, which can lead to great recommendation letters for jobs or graduate school.
- Masters and Ph.D. programs in every major - Our college offers strong graduate programs, if students want to continue their education. The presence of graduate degrees in each major also boosts the prestige of the undergraduate programs.
- Longest-running exchange program - Students have the chance to spend a semester or year at the University of Salford in England, while those students come to UT and enrich our programs with an international perspective.
- Top-notch labs, spaces and equipment - We have some of the premier science facilities on campus — greenhouses, wet and dry labs, an arboretum, the Lake Erie Center on the banks of the lake and the Ritter Planetarium, which was fully renovated in 2011 - just to name a few.
- More chances for undergraduate research - We help students get into the lab and start researching with faculty members as undergraduates, whereas some schools don't offer this until graduate school.
A bachelor's degree in astronomy gives students a strong science education not only in astronomy, but also in physics and chemistry, preparing them for a variety of careers in business, science writing, law, government, environmental science, planetary and space science. Some jobs geared specifically toward astronomy are laboratory technicians, computer programmers and science journalists working in national observatories, laboratories and federal agencies.
Astronomy Bachelor's Degree Curriculum