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Astronomy What do you see when you look up at the night sky? There are patterns of planets, the moon, far away stars and some sights that you may not understand or be able to explain. Astronomy is the study of stars, suns, and other objects in outerspace -- how stars, planets, and galaxies form and behave -- as well as the universe itself.

If you want to understand the mysteries outerspace, a major in astronomy may be for you.

Students in the Astronomy major study the history and future of the universe, outerspace, and the objects within, including planets, stars, and galaxies. Subjects of study include the evolution of stars, how the stars and planets move through space, chemistry, physicas and advanced math.

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Department Chair
Address
Undergraduate Degrees
Graduate Degrees
University of Alabama Professor Stan Jones

Department of Physics & Astronomy
206 Gallalee Hall
Box 870324
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0324

Astronomy Minor M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
University of Arizona Professor Peter Strittmatter Department of Astronomy
Steward Observatory N204
P.O. Box 210065
Tuscon, AZ 85721-0065
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astronomy Ph.D. Astronomy
Arizona State University DIRECTOR: Kip Hodges

School of Earth and Space Exploration
P.O. Box 871404
Tempe, AZ 85287-1504

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Earth and Space Exploration (astrobiology and astrophysics concentrations)
Minors are available in astrophysics and astronomy
MS in Astrophysics
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Ball State University Professor David Ober Department of Physics & Astronomy
Muncie, IN 47306
Astronomy minor Ed.D. in Physics w/ Astronomy emphasis
Boston University Professor Harlan Spence Department of Astronomy
725 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Astronomy, Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Astronomy and Physics M.A. and Ph.D. Astronomy
University of California at Berkeley Professor Donald Backer Department of Astronomy
601 Campbell Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-3411
Astrophysics major M.A. and Ph.D. Astrophysics
University of California at Los Angeles Professor Claudio Pellegrini Department of Physics & Astronomy
Box 951547
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1562
Astrophysics Ph.D. Astronomy
University of California at San Diego Professor John Goodkind Department of Physics
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0354
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics w/Astronomy specialization M.S. and Ph.D. Physics
University of California at Santa Barbara Professor James Allen Department of Physics
Broida Hall, Building 572
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9530
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics Ph.D. Physics
University of California at Santa Cruz Professor Stephen Thorsett Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics (Astrophysics) Ph.D. Astrophysics
California Institute of Technology Professor Thomas Tombrello Department of Astronomy
105-24 Caltech
1201 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astrophysics M.S. and Ph.D. Astrophysics
Carnegie Mellon University Professor Fred Gilman Department of Physics
Wean Hall 7325
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics w/tracks in Astrophysics M.S. and Ph.D. Physics
Case Western Reserve University Professor R. Earle Luck Department of Astronomy
422 AW Smith Building
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7215
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astronomy M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
University of Chicago Professor Michael Turner Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
5640 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 606037
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Physics w/Astronomy specialization M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
Colgate University Professor Victor Mansfield Department of Physics & Astronomy
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346-1398
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Astronomy-Physics N/A
University of Colorado at Boulder Professor J. Michael Shull Department of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences
Campus Box 391
Boulder, CO 80309-0391
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Astronomy M.S. and Ph.D. Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences
Columbia University Professor David Helfand Department of Astronomy
Pupin Physics Lab
Room 1328,
Mail Code 5246
550 West 120th Street
New York City, NY 10027
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Astronomy and Astrophysics M.A., MPhil., and Ph.D. Astronomy and Astrophysics
Cornell University Professor Joseph Veverka Department of Astronomy
312 Space Sciences Bldg.
Ithaca, NY 14853-6801
Astronomy major M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
Dartmouth College Professor Mary Hudson Department of Physics & Astronomy
6127 Wilder Laboratory
Hanover, NH 03755-3528
Astronomy major M.S. and Ph.D. Physics w/Astronomy specialization
University of Delaware Professor George Hadjipanayis Department of Physics & Astronomy
223 Sharp Laboratory
Newark, DE 19716
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics w/Astronomy emphasis M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. Astronomy
University of Florida Professor Stanley Dermott

Department of Astronomy
211 Bryant Space Science Center
P.O. Box 112055
Gainesville, FL 32611-2055

Astronomy major M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
Georgia State University Professor William Nelson Department of Physics & Astronomy
Science Annex, Suite 400
29 Peachtree Center Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30303
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics w/Astronomy concentration M.S. Physics w/Astronomy concentration and Ph.D. Astronomy
Harvard University Professor Lars Hernquist Department of Astronomy
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Astronomy major Ph.D. Astronomy
University of Hawaii Professor Gareth Wynn-Williams Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822-1897
Physics major M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
University of Hawaii at Hilo Professor Robert Fox Department of Physics & Astronomy
200 West Kawili Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4091
Astronomy major Physics major N/A
Howard University Professor Demetrius Venable Department of Physics & Astronomy
Room 105, Thirkield Hall
2355 6th. Street NW
Washington, DC 20059
Physics major M.S. and Ph.D. Physics
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Professor Lewis Snyder Department of Astronomy
1002 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Astronomy major M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
Indiana University Professor Richard H. Durisen Department of Astronomy
727 East 3rd Street
Swain West 319
Bloomington, IN 47405-7105
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astronomy and Astrophysics M.A. and Ph.D. Astronomy, Ph.D. Astrophysics
University of Iowa Professor Thomas Boggess Department of Physics & Astronomy
203 Van Allen Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1479
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Astronomy M.S. Astronomy and Ph.D. Physics
Iowa State University Professor Eli Rosenberg Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ames, IA 50011-3160
Physics major w/Astronomy emphasis M.S. and Ph.D. Astrophysics
Johns Hopkins University Professor Jonathan Bagger Department of Physics & Astronomy
Charles & 34th Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics Ph.D. Astronomy
University of Kansas Professor Stephen Sanders Department of Physics & Astronomy
Malott Hall, Room 1082
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-7582
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astronomy M.S. and Ph.D. Physics w/Astronomy emphasis
Kansas State University Professor Dean Zollman Department of Physics
116 Cardwell Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-2601
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics M.S. and Ph.D. Astrophysics
Louisiana State University Professor Roger McNeil Department of Physics & Astronomy
202 Nicholson Hall
Tower Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics w/Astronomy concentration M.S. and Ph.D. Physics w/Astronomy concentration
University of Louisville Professor Joseph Chalmers Moore Observatory
800 Old Zaring Road
Crestwood, KY 40014
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics

M.S. Physics, Ph.D. program with U of K

University of Maryland Professor Lee G. Mundy Department of Astronomy
College Park, MD 20742-2421
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astronomy M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
University of Massachusetts at Amherst Professor Ronald Snell Department of Astronomy
LGRT-B 619 E
710 N. Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-4525
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astronomy M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Marc Kastner Department of Physics
Building 6-113
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics w/Astrophysics concentration Ph.D. Physics w/Astrophysics concentration
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Professor Douglas Richstone Department of Astronomy
830 Dennison Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1090
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astronomy and Astrophysics M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
Michigan State University Professor Eugene Capriotti Department of Physics & Astronomy
East Lansing, MI 48824-2320
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astrophysics M.S. and Ph.D. Astrophysics
Michigan Technological University Professor Ravi Pandey Department of Physics
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931-1295
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics M.S. and Ph.D. Physics
University of Minnesota Professor Leonard Kuhi Department of Astronomy
116 Church Street, SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Astrophysics M.S. and Ph.D. Astrophysics
Minnesota State University, Mankato Professor Mark Pickar Department of Physics and Astronomy
141 Trafton Science Center N
Mankato, MN 56001
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Astronomy M.S. Physics
University of Missouri at Columbia Professor Henry White Department of Physics & Astronomy
223 Physics Building UMC
Columbia, MO 65211
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics M.S. and Ph.D. Physics
University of Montana Professor James Jacobs Department of Physics & Astronomy
32 Campus Drive #1080
Missoula, MT 59812
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Physics w/Astronomy option and Astronomy minor N/A
Montana State University Professor William Hiscock Department of Physics
264 EPS Building
P.O. Box 173840
Bozemon, MT 59717-3840
Physics major M.S. and Ph.D. Physics
University of Nebraska Professor Roger Kirby Department of Physics & Astronomy
116 Brace Lab
Lincoln, NE 68588-0111
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics w/Astronomy track M.S. and Ph.D. Physics
University of New Mexico Professor Bernd Bassalleck Department of Physics & Astronomy
800 Yale Blvd.
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astrophysics M.S. and Ph.D. Physics
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Tech Professor Ken Minschwaner Department of Physics
333 Workman Center
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics w/Astrophysics option Ph.D. Astrophysics
New Mexico State University Professor Rene Walterbos Department of Astronomy
1320 Frenger Mall
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Astronomy minor M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
SUNY at Stony Brook Professor Paul Grannis Department of Physics & Astronomy
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3800
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics M.S. and Ph.D. Physics
University of North Carolina Professor Bruce Carney Department of Physics & Astronomy
Phillips Hall CB#3255
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3255
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Physics w/Astronomy concentration M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy and Astrophysics
Northwestern University Professor David Meyer Department of Physics & Astronomy
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3112
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics w/Astronomy concentration Ph.D. Astronomy
Ohio State University Professor Patrick Osmer Department of Astronomy
4055 McPherson Lab
140 W. 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1173
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astronomy M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
Ohio University Professor Louis Wright Department of Physics & Astronomy
Clippinger Lab 251B
Athens, OH 45701-2979
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astrophysics M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. Astrophysics
University of Oklahoma Professor Ryan Doezema Department of Physics & Astronomy
Norman, OK 73019-0225
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astrophysics and Astronomy Ph.D. Astrophysics
Oklahoma State University Professor James Wicksted Department of Physics
145 Physical Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078-3072
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics M.S. and Ph.D. Physics
Penn State University Professor Lawrence Ramsey Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
525 Davey Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astronomy and Astrophysics Ph.D. Astrophysics
University of Pennsylvania Professor Tom Lubensky Department of Physics & Astronomy
209 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6396
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics w/Astronomy concentration M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
University of Pittsburgh Professor David Jasnow Department of Physics & Astronomy
3941 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astronomy M.S. and Ph.D. Physics w/Astronomy concentration
Pomona College Professor Alma Zook Department of Physics & Astronomy
610 N. College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Physics w/Astronomy option N/A
Princeton University Professor Scott Tremaine Department of Astrophysical Sciences
Peyton Hall-Ivy Lane
Princeton, NJ 08544-1001
Astrophysics major Ph.D. Astronomy
Rice University Professor F. Barry Dunning Department of Physics & Astronomy
6100 S. Main
Houston, TX 77005-1892
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Astronomy Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astrophysics M.S. and Ph.D. Astrophysics
University of Rochester Professor Arie Bodek Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bausch and Lomb Hall
P.O. Box 270171
600 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14627-0171
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astronomy M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor G.-C. Wang Department of Physics
Troy, NY 12180-3590
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
San Diego State University Professor Paul Etzel Department of Astronomy
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1221
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astronomy M.S. Astronomy
State University of New Jersey, Rutgers Professor Paul Leath Department of Physics & Astronomy
136 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019
Astrophysics major M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
St. Cloud State University Professor Mark Nook Department of Physics & Astronomy
740 4th Avenue St. MS 324
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics N/A
City College of San Francisco Professor Lancelot Kao Department of Astronomy
Science Hall 400
50 Phelan Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
A.A. and A.S. Astronomy N/A
Stanford University Professor Vahe Petrosian Department of Physics
Varian Physics, Room 310
382 Via Pueblo Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-4060
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics w/Astronomy concentration Ph.D. Physics
Swarthmore College Professor Amy Bug Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dupont Science Building
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Astronomy and Astrophysics N/A
University of Texas at Austin Professor D.E. Winget Department of Astronomy
1 University Station C1400
Austin, TX 78712-0259
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Astronomy M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
Union College Professor Michael Vineyard Department of Physics
Science & Engineering Center
Schenectady, NY 19308
Physics major Physics and Astronomy minor N/A
Vanderbilt University Professor Robert Scherrer Department of Physics & Astronomy
1807 Station B
Nashville, TN 37235
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics w/Astronomy and Astrophysics track Astronomy minor M.S. Astronomy Ph.D. Physics
Vassar College Professor Debra Elmegreen Department of Physics & Astronomy
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0539
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Astronomy N/A
Villanova University Professor George McCook Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astronomy and Astrophysics N/A
University of Virginia Professor Robert Rood Department of Astronomy
P.O. Box 3818
Charlottesville, VA 22903-0818
Astronomy major M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
Virginia Tech Professor John Ficenec Department of Physics
Robeson Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0435
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics w/Astronomy concentration Ph.D. Astrophysics
University of Washington Professor Bruce Balick Department of Astronomy
Box 351580
Seattle, WA 98195-1580
Astronomy major M.S. and Ph.D. Astronomy
Washington University in St. Louis Professor John Clark Department of Physics
Campus Box 1105
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
A.B. and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Physics M.A. and Ph.D. Physics
Wellesley College Professor Richard French Department of Astronomy
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481-8203
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Astronomy N/A
Wesleyan University Professor John Salzer Department of Astronomy
Van Vleck Observatory
Middletown, CT 06459-0123
Astronomy major M.S. Astronomy
Williams College Professor Karen Kwitter Department of Astronomy
32 Lab Campus Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Astronomy Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astrophysics N/A
University of Wisconsin at Madison Professor Linda Sparke Department of Astronomy
475 N. Charter Street
Madison, WI 53706
Astronomy-Physics major Ph.D. Astronomy
Yale University Professor Charles Bailyn Department of Astronomy
P.O. Box 208101
New Haven CT 06520-8101
Bachelor of Art (B.A.) Astronomy Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Astronomy and Physics Ph.D. Astronomy
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