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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Astrophysics is designed to provide an extensive background in both physics and astrophysics; a student who graduates with this degree may apply for admission to graduate study in either astronomy or physics.

Physics is the study of the physical universe. By means of observation, experiment, theoretical constructions and computer simulations, this science attempts to find the principles which describe the universe. Among the topics of physics are motion and force, energy, sound, electricity and magnetism, light, atomic and nuclear structure, nuclear reactions, electronic properties of conductors and semiconductors, materials important for energy applications, elementary particles and their interactions, particle accelerators, and the physics of living systems. The study of physics provides the basic understanding of nature and develops the analytical skills which are essential for progress in science and technology, e.g., conducting scientific research, solving environmental problems, advancing biomedical systems, and inventing cutting-edge technology.

Astronomy is the study of the universe beyond Earth. The laws of physics, as they are known from laboratory experiments, are applied to stars, interstellar gas, galaxies, and space itself in an attempt to understand the detailed physical states of these entities. Astrophysics frequently involves a study of matter under extreme conditions that cannot be duplicated in the laboratory. From this point of view the universe becomes a laboratory in which naturally occurring phenomena subject matter to very large ranges of physical parameters. Cosmology, a branch of physics and astronomy, attempts to use theory and current observations to comprehend the history and evolution of the universe.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural Science

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$42,226.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2023

Start date

Expected January, August 2023


College of Natural Science

Natural Science Building,

288 Farm Lane,



48824, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High school GPA is 3.5-4.0.

For international students

MSU strongly encourages a college preparatory curriculum in high school. High school GPA is 3.5-4.0.

Minimum English requirements

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-based test: score of 79 with no sub score below 17; International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Regular admission: Score of 6.5 or higher; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) - Minimum score of 53; minimum sub score requirement of 48.

Application submission deadline: Regular Admission: February 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Michigan State University

International students can enjoy a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, a multicultural student population representing more than 140 countries.

  • Top 100 global university
  • No. 32 among public universities in the country
  • Based in East Lansing, one of America’s friendliest cities
  • Over 200 inspiring programs from 17 degree-granting colleges

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