Bachelor of Science in Astronomy

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Astronomy provides a rigorous physical sciences program for those with an interest in studying the universe.

The strong math, physics and astronomy background of this program prepares students wanting to pursue graduate school or follow a career in the sciences. The problem solving, data analysis, scientific communication, physical reasoning and computational skills developed in the B.S. in Astronomy prepares students for careers in a wide range of STEM-related professional fields.

The Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy offers more flexibility to take electives for those with broad interests in addition to a passion for astronomy. From data science to education to art and beyond, learn more about what you can do with a degree in astronomy.

Minors + astronomy

Many students majoring in astronomy pair it with a minor in physics or math. Another good option is a minor in computer science since coding and computational methods are at the forefront of astronomical research.

Why study astronomy at Wayne State in Detroit?

Other than its renowned planetarium and on-site roof-top observatory, Wayne State boasts its own remote observatory stationed in New Mexico — under some of the darkest skies in the world. 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's great demand for scientifically educated graduates in government, education, law, and industry who 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.


Career insights

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