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. Since scientists are rarely able to physically examine many objects in space, astronomy is mostly an observational science. Math, physics, chemistry and geology contribute to astronomy and help inform our understanding of the universe. Astronomy also relies on a variety of instruments, tools, and computer software for analysis and gathering data. Available courses include:

  • Mathematical and Computational Physics
  • Intermediate Classical Mechanics
  • Observational Astronomy
  • Introduction to Stellar Structure and Evolution
  • Introduction to Modern Cosmology

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 technology, medicine, education, law, finance, industry, government agencies, research firms and observatories.

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