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BA or BS in Astronomy and Astrophysics University of Michigan - Ann Arbor




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Will the universe expand forever? Is there life on other planets? How do stars form, live, and die? These are some of the exciting questions confronting astronomers in the twenty-first century. Because of the awe-inspiring immensity of the subject, the study of astronomy has a strong fascination—poetic, philosophical, speculative—for many individuals. In the modern observatory, however, the urge to understand and discover what is happening in the universe finds expression in the scientific pursuit of the subject. To explore the dynamics of colliding galaxies and of interstellar gas in galaxies, to find the compositions of chemically peculiar stars and supernovae remnants, to explain radio-galaxy variations and atomic emissions of quasars—some of the active areas in the Michigan Department of Astronomy—requires patience and dedication, together with the curiosity and talent characteristic of all scientists.

The major in Astronomy and Astrophysics is a math- and physics-intensive path with a research component for those planning a graduate degree in the field. It is designed to help students mount competitive applications for external undergraduate research opportunities and the country’s top graduate programs.

Students generally declare an astronomy major during the second semester of their sophomore year, but are advised to meet with the undergraduate advisor soon as they begin considering it. This helps ensure they’re prepared with the right courses and are taking advantage of all the opportunities the department has to offer.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BA or BS in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Full Time (Minimum of 120 credits)

Tuition fees

$25,436.00 (18,55,620) per year

Lower Division (0-54 credits towards program): USD $25,436; Upper Division (55+ credits towards program): USD $27,233


08 Jan, 05 May, 31 Aug


College of Literature, Science and the Arts

University of Michigan,

500 S. State Street,



48109, United States

Entry requirement for international students

High school transcript.

General English Proficiency Score Ranges

MELAB (plus speaking): 85 range with section scores 80+ and 3+ in speaking
TOEFL (PBT): 600 range with section scores 57+
TOEFL (iBT): 100 range with section scores 23+ in listening & reading and 21+ in speaking & writing
IELTS: 7.0 range with section scores 6.5+
ECPE: Certificate with all sections at least a C
CAE: 185 with no less than 180+ in all sections (CEFR C1)
CPE: Pass with B (CEFR C1)

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

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