If you like mathematics, computing, experiments, and wish to contribute to the future scientific progress of humankind, the exciting field of astronomy will maximize your career options. Astronomy is a profound and fundamental science that has never ceased to fascinate the general public and attract the imagination of students. The University of Utah’s astronomy department has research expertise in cosmology, galactic and stellar astronomy, high energy physics and particle astrophysics, as well as planet formation and relativistic astrophysics. Members of the department and program have access to facilities such as the Hubble Space Telescope, Keck Observatory, and a 40,000-processor NASA supercomputer. Develop your imagination, critical and abstract thinking skills, and your understanding of science and technology with the U’s minor in Astronomy.
This program will provide students with a strong science foundation, enabling those with both an astronomy minor and a pre-professional physics major to pursue graduate work in astronomy and astrophysics. As undergraduates of the program, students can join academic clubs (like the ACCESS Program for Women in Science & Mathematics or AstronomUrs), complete undergraduate research projects, or attend physics-related lecture series. In addition to graduate degrees in physics and astronomy, students can find work in museums, research facilities, universities and community colleges, the government, or observatories. Besides becoming a physicist or astronomer, consider a career as an engineer, educator, astronaut, technical writer, or programmer.