Crab Nebula

Crab Nebula taken by graduate student Matt Young at the DCT


Our graduate program will prepare students for a career in astronomical research and education by emphasizing a broad understanding of physical systems and teaching the skills necessary to perform leading-edge research.

The Department of Astronomy, through its affiliated research units (the Center for Space Physics and the Institute for Astrophysical Research), has a robust and thriving research program. Our major research areas are extragalactic astronomy, galactic astronomy, instrumentation, planetary astronomy, and space physics.