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Astronomy is the study of the universe and all the bodies within it. It examines origins of the universe, stars, and planets as well as how they move and evolve in space. The Astronomy major is available as either a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA). Available courses include:

  • Stellar Structure and Evolution
  • Observational Astronomy
  • Modern Cosmology
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Modern Physics

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Astronomy provides a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for graduate studies or careers in technology, medicine, education, law, finance, industry, and other professions. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Astronomy provides a traditional liberal arts education with a solid set of core courses in astronomy. Astronomy is also offered as a minor and a secondary major for students interested in other areas of study.

The Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) is a research park located near campus and is a tremendous resource for our undergraduate students. The BRIC provides researchers, industry/business clients and area institutions and organizations with more than 300,000 square feet of space designed and appointed for: laboratories, prototyping and testing, offices and workspace and workforce training. Many math and science undergraduate students are able to have hands-on experiences in this facility.

Baylor also offers several resources for astronomy students. The Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics, and Engineering Research (CASPER) is located in the BRIC. CASPER consists of six independent research groups in both theoretical and experimental physics and allows undergraduates access to state of the art research that's happening.

Graduates of the Astronomy program often further their studies in astronomy or physics through graduate school. Others find career opportunities through teaching, government agencies, research firms and observatories.

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