Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy

The bachelor of arts (B.A.) in astronomy provides students with foundational knowledge in astronomy, including contemporary developments in studies of dark matter, dark energy, stellar and galactic astronomy, black holes and neutron stars, and searches for exoplanets.  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 interested in graduates studies in astronomy or astrophysics may prepare, under the B.A. program in astronomy, by taking chemistry and physics electives, or under the B.S. program in physics with a minor in astronomy. 

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, in particular, are likely to have immense consequences for the technological world of the future.

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