Astronomy, the oldest of all scientific studies, has played a vital role in the development of modern science. Astronomers study the formation, composition, and evolution of objects such as planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae, black holes, and the universe itself. Students may take courses to prepare for a major in astronomy or to fulfill general education requirements.
Career options include teaching, museum or planetarium director, astronomer/astrophysicist, space scientist, mission data analyst, space craft and instrument designer, observatory technician, telescope operator, optics or electronics technician, computer programmer, and mathematician.
"I love sharing this with people," Rica says. "When someone looks through a telescope for the first time, the uninhibited response that comes out--that's the best thing!"Read more about Rica
Academic Programs in Astronomy
The academic maps will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.
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