Unlock the Mysteries of the Cosmos

Major: Astronomy
Concentrations: General Astronomy | Astrobiology | Astrochemistry
Minor: Astronomy

If you are interested in learning the mysteries of the cosmos, then a major in astronomy might be for you. Classes at Lycoming are small enough to give all students an opportunity to receive individualized attention, and allow students (even freshman) access to scientific equipment in their areas of interest. Lycoming astronomy majors are trained in the field of planetarium education, which may serve as a basis for state certification as a secondary school teacher of general science. Other astronomy students pursue careers in aerospace, research observatories, and museums, or become analysts, atmospheric physicists, or computer system analysts.

Student Opportunities

  • Gain outreach and teaching experience by putting on planetarium shows for the surrounding community in our new Detwiler Planetarium.
  • Become a tutor or a laboratory assistant to gain experience in education.
  • Utilize state-of-the-art equipment like a scanning electron microscope to conduct research.
  • Participate in on-campus summer research and publish scholarly articles with faculty.
  • Discover more about astrophysics and combustion by doing research in our nonlinear and complex systems research laboratory.
  • Pursue a competitive internship or research opportunity with NASA, the National Science Foundation, and bigger universities.

Why Lycoming?

  1. The new Lynn Science Center boasts brand new, state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and the Detwiler Planetarium.
  2. Students have access to a wide inventory of advanced research equipment beginning their freshman year.
  3. All astronomy majors will have the chance to conduct independent research under the mentorship of faculty.
  4. All classes and labs are taught by professionals with the highest degrees in their field and offer low student-to-faculty ratios.