Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy

The bachelor of arts (B.A.) in astronomy provides students with foundational knowledge in astronomy, including contemporary developments such as the problems of dark matter and dark energy in the universe. Students graduating with a B.A. in astronomy will have strong scientific preparation for entry-level jobs or advanced degree programs in a broad spectrum of disciplines including business, education, law, and social and physical sciences.

Students can prepare for graduate studies in astronomy and astrophysics under the B.A. program in astronomy, with chemistry and physics electives, or under the B.S. program in physics with a minor in astronomy. As a student graduating with a B.A. in astronomy, you will have a wide range of career options including entry-level jobs in scientific and technological fields, as well as graduate education in law, business, education, social and physical sciences.

In short, you will have all the traditional options of liberal arts majors with the added advantage of a unique science background.

Why study astronomy at Wayne State in Detroit?

WSU has a well-established planetarium, on-site roof-top observatory, and a new remote observatory stationed in New Mexico. Our faculty members teach a wide range of physics and astronomy courses, and many conduct research in astrophysics or the closely related fields of nuclear and particle physics.

There is great demand for scientifically educated college graduates in government, education, law, and industry, and these graduates must be familiar with the pre-eminent scientific activities of our time, many of which are in the field of astronomy. The discovery of the "dark side" of the universe has fired up public interest in astronomy. The quest to understand the nature of dark matter and dark energy are likely to have immense consequences for the technological world of the future.