Housed in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Physics, the astronomy and astrophysics  program includes coursework on the origins of the cosmos, life in the universe and space astrophysics.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in physics or a minor in Physics, choosing physics courses and research course topics related to astronomy and astrophysics. Graduate students can earn MS or PhD in Physics with concentration in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

What can I expect to learn in the Astronomy program at GW?

Students are exposed to a variety of subjects within the field, including the properties  of various cosmic objects (such as neutron stars and black holes), hands-on experience with astronomical data analysis and observations, galactic and stellar structure, high-energy phenomena,  big bang cosmology and the physical processes of celestial phenomena.

What is the Astronomy community like at GW?

Students enjoy working with faculty mentors Kalvir Dhuga, Ali Eskandarian, Oleg Kargaltsev, Chryssa Kouveliotou, Leonard Maximon,  William Parke, and Alexander van der Horst . They also benefit extensively from collaborations with researchers at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD where they can work on research projects as summer interns.

What can I do in the Astronomy field?

Careers include professional astronomer and astrophysicist, researcher and educator.

Astronomy at GW

Astronomy students often immerse themselves in the sciences, taking engineering, biology, chemistry as well as physics courses.