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Bachelor of Science in Astronomy University of Washington




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Modern research in astronomy and astrophysics encompasses a large number of disciplines and specialties. Research areas include planetary systems and astrobiology, stellar structure and evolution, interstellar matter, binaries and compact objects, galactic structure and dynamics, galaxies and quasars, and large scale structure and cosmology.

Major Requirements

89 credits as follows:

ASTR 300, ASTR 321, ASTR 322, ASTR 323

9 graded credits of astronomy 400-level courses (with at least 3 credits in ASTR 480 or ASTR 499). Data analysis (ASTR 480) and senior-year research (ASTR 499) are highly recommended, especially for students planning graduate work.

PHYS 121, PHYS 122, PHYS 123; PHYS 224, PHYS 225, PHYS 226, PHYS 227, PHYS 228; PHYS 321, PHYS 322, PHYS 334

MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126, and 6 credits from MATH 307, MATH 308, MATH 309, MATH 324, MATH 326, AMATH 352, OR AMATH 353

An additional 6 physics credits in courses at the 300 level or above in physics (chosen from PHYS 311, PHYS 323, PHYS 324, PHYS 325, PHYS 328, PHYS 331, PHYS 335, PHYS 421, PHYS 422, PHYS 423, PHYS 424, PHYS 431, PHYS 432, PHYS 433, PHYS 434) or engineering as approved by adviser.

No grade below 2.0 is acceptable in courses fulfilling the above requirements.

Undergraduates interested in advanced work in astronomy are advised to take a double major in astronomy and physics. Undergraduates interested in immediate employment at an observatory or other scientific institution should include computing and electronics courses as part of their program. As a capstone sequence of hands-on research and dissemination of results, the following is highly recommended: ASTR 480, followed by either ASTR 481 or ASTR 499 or a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) project, and ending with ASTR 482.

Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: With this degree, students obtain knowledge of the components of the universe, an understanding of the physics of its structure, and the technical skills to obtain and analyze data from telescopes. Graduates go on to graduate school or work at observatories or in industrial applications (lasers, x-ray, optical imaging) or in teaching applications. Students are able to do the following: Understand the principal findings, common application, and current problems within astronomy as a scientific discipline; Be versed in the computational methods and software resources utilized by professional astronomers; Have experience operating modern astronomical instrumentation and analyzing a range of experimental data; Assess, communicate, and reflect their understanding of astronomy and the results of astrophysical experiments in both oral and written formats; Learn in a diverse environment with a variety of individuals, thoughts, and ideas.

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Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$39,114.00 (28,66,469) per year


21-Jun-21, 29-Sep-21


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Student must have a High School Qualification.

Due to limited testing availability from COVID-19, the UW will accept the Duolingo’s English Test for autumn 2021 applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. The TOEFL iBT special home edition and the IELTS Indicator at home exam will also be accepted for 2021 international freshman applicants.

English proficiency

TOEFL (iBT) - Minimum score required: 76, Recommended score: 92 or higher

IELTS - Minimum score required: 6.0, Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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