The undergraduate program in the Department of Astronomy provides exciting opportunities for students with an interest in astronomy, physics, mathematics, or related sciences.
Students can learn from, and conduct research with some of the world's top astronomers who are investigating the births of the first stars and galaxies, deciphering how proto-galaxies evolved into present-day systems like our own Milky Way, studying planets in extrasolar systems, and probing the nature of dark matter and dark energy. Students use the McDonald Observatory in West Texas, multi-wavelength telescopes all over the world, and data from NASA's space-based facilities, including the Spitzer Infrared Satellite, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Swift Gamma Ray Burst Explorer. Astronomy majors have career opportunities in education, government agencies, business, and private industries. Visit the American Astronomical Society site for additional information on careers related to Astronomy.