BA in Astronomy at BU

Astronomy encompasses all of the physical phenomena in the universe, from the atmospheres of planets, to the discovery and characterization of planets orbiting other stars, the nature of galaxies and the stars in them, the supermassive black holes that reside at the centers of all large galaxies, and how the universe got to be the way it is. Astronomy majors gain exposure to the principles of astronomy, physics, and mathematics. They learn to communicate astronomical information effectively to a range of audiences using a variety of media. They learn to think critically and evaluate, interpret, and solve problems related to astronomy, physics, and general scientific topics. Students develop the technical skills and problem-solving experience that gives them the tools to work in the modern, high-tech world. The BA in Astronomy prepares students for entry into the competitive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workplace.

Students majoring in Astronomy begin with surveys of the solar system and of stars, galaxies, and the universe. As they advance their mathematical and physical understandings, their studies of planets and of stellar and galactic astrophysics take on more depth. In their last two years as undergraduates, Astronomy majors select from a range of advanced astronomy and physics classes, and can engage in directed research with a faculty advisor or pursue honors work via an honors thesis. They also often complement their studies with additional elective courses in computer science, math, physics, and/or earth science.