Astronomy is the study of celestial objects in the universe. This includes planets, stars, galaxies, and the overall structure of the universe. Astronomy emphasis students will learn advanced methods and theories related to astronomy, including cosmology and astrophysics.

Faculty Mentored Learning

The Physics Department offers students a solid foundation in both classical and modern physics. Astronomy students take an additional 12 credits in astronomy and chemistry. Laboratory courses are an important component of the physics program, giving students valuable skills and knowledge in many areas.

Faculty are always on hand to help guide students throughout their coursework and experiences on campus. Courses are specifically designed to allow for the maximum interaction possible, allowing students to get to know the faculty on a more personal level. This helps all students a chance to be mentored towards a future career path that will be best suited and rewarding to them.

The professors sincerely care about the students. It shows in how they take the time to know us personally. They are approachable, they share with us their experiences when they were in our place, and they don't make us feel stupid for asking questions. That goes a long way in the students' progress.

Angel R.,
BYU-I Graduate

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Physics, emphasis in Astronomy have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

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Astronomers/Astrophysicists apply the principles of physics and mathematics to learn more about the universe. They solve problems connected with the Earth’s climate, space weather, space flight navigation, and satellite communications. This includes gathering data on planets, moons, stars, galaxies and other objects using telescopes and computer programs.

Planetary Scientist

Planetary Scientists apply principles of physics, chemistry, and geology to observe and interpret the planets, moons, and small bodies of our solar system and other solar systems. Typical duties include analyzing spacecraft data, developing and testing scientific theories, writing research proposals, and publishing scientific papers.

Space Physics

Space physics is the study of the space environment from the uppermost reaches of the earth's atmosphere to deep space, especially the environment in which satellites must survive. It has important applications as society becomes increasingly dependent on satellites for communication, broadcast, weather monitoring, remote sensing, positional information and military uses.

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Getting started in this degree

If you want to get a taste for Physics, emphasis in Astronomy, start with one of the following degree-specific courses:

For a full listing of all courses required for this degree, refer to the course catalog.

* If you are not prepared to take Calculus your first semester, contact your faculty mentor of Physics Dept. Office


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Declare B.S. in Physics, emphasis in Astronomy

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