The department offers two related majors: astronomy and physics. The major in astronomy is specifically designed to train students in the field of planetarium education, and may serve as a basis for earning state certification as a secondary school teacher of general science. Visit the Education Department for more information.

The major in physics can prepare students for graduate work in physics, astronomy, engineering and other related physical sciences, for state certification as secondary school teachers of physics, or for technical positions in government or industry.

A major in astronomy includes at least six semesters of astronomy and two semesters of physics, calculus and chemistry. Classes for majors are small, with about 15 to 20 students in the introductory courses, and 5 to 10 students in the intermediate and advanced courses. A sampling of courses includes Principles of Astronomy, Principles of Geology, Planetary Science, Stellar Evolution, Stellar Dynamics and Galactic Structure, Relativity and Cosmology, and Planetarium Techniques.

For more information, please refer to the College Catalog.