Astronomy, BA

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

Learning Outcomes

Astronomy majors will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the fundamental concepts in astrophysics such as gravity, the nature of light, the physical characteristics of matter, and the motions of astronomical objects in the night sky;
  • demonstrate proficiency in each of the major areas of astronomy—cosmology, galaxies, accretion and compact objects, the life cycle, and properties of stars and solar system science;
  • show a working knowledge of a broad array of astrophysical phenomena that are based upon fundamental concepts; and
  • gain familiarity with astronomical observations, instrumentation, computational methods, and software.