Astronomy

Housed in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Physics, the astronomy 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.

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 basic principles underlying astronomical systems, galactic and stellar structure, 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, Leonard Maximon and William Parke. They also benefit extensively from collaborations with researchers at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

What can I do in the Astronomy field?

Careers include professional astronomer, researcher and educator.

A Community of Science

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

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