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College Of Arts And Sciences
Astronomy/Planetary Sciences
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Why Study Astronomy/Planetary Sciences?

Fascinated by the stars and cosmos? Our Astronomy major is the perfect fit for you. Learn about galactic and extragalactic astronomy, nuclear astrophysics, stellar astrophysics, and cosmology. Get involved with research projects alongside our faculty and gaze into the solar system and beyond at our Mount Stony Brook Observatory (on the roof of our Earth and Space Sciences Building). Our department hosts Astronomy Open Nights including lectures and viewings.

AREAS OF STUDY:
  • Planetary Sciences
  • Astronomy
  • Galaxies
  • Cosmology

Ready to take the next step?

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Astronomy Today
  • The Search for Life in the Universe
  • Stars and Radiation
  • Science Fiction

ADMISSION INFO:

As a non-restricted major, there are no additional admission requirements for this program. Please review the general admission criteria related to how you are applying.

After Graduation

Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It’s about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Nearly 95% of SBU grads go to professional or graduate school. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of them.

CAREER OPTIONS:

  • Research Associate
  • Science Writer
  • Fluids Systems Engineer
  • Astronomy Data Specialist

RECENT EMPLOYERS:

  • University of Washington
  • ScienceBuzz
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Middlebury College, VT

Interested in this Major?

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Chair: Axel Drees

Office: P-110 Graduate Physics

Phone: (631) 632-8100

College Of Arts And Sciences
Astronomy/Planetary Sciences
Back to all Programs

Why Study Astronomy/Planetary Sciences?

Fascinated by the stars and cosmos? Our Astronomy major is the perfect fit for you. Learn about galactic and extragalactic astronomy, nuclear astrophysics, stellar astrophysics, and cosmology. Get involved with research projects alongside our faculty and gaze into the solar system and beyond at our Mount Stony Brook Observatory (on the roof of our Earth and Space Sciences Building). Our department hosts Astronomy Open Nights including lectures and viewings.

AREAS OF STUDY:
  • Planetary Sciences
  • Astronomy
  • Galaxies
  • Cosmology

Ready to take the next step?

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Astronomy Today
  • The Search for Life in the Universe
  • Stars and Radiation
  • Science Fiction

ADMISSION INFO:

As a non-restricted major, there are no additional admission requirements for this program. Please review the general admission criteria related to how you are applying.

After Graduation

Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It’s about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Nearly 95% of SBU grads go to professional or graduate school. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of them.

CAREER OPTIONS:

  • Research Associate
  • Science Writer
  • Fluids Systems Engineer
  • Astronomy Data Specialist

RECENT EMPLOYERS:

  • University of Washington
  • ScienceBuzz
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Middlebury College, VT

Interested in this Major?

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Chair: Axel Drees

Office: P-110 Graduate Physics

Phone: (631) 632-8100

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