Astrophysics

Astrophysics Degree Emphasis

Astrophysics Undergraduate Degree Emphasis

A bachelor's degree in Physics with an emphasis in Astrophysics features the core courses of a professional physics degree but includes specialized courses in astrophysics as electives. This combination prepares students for advanced training in graduate school in either astronomy or astrophysics.

Why Pitt State?

Students who seek degrees through our program have access to:

  • PSU / Greenbush Astrophysical Observatory – A research-grade telescope with CCD spectrograph and direct imaging capability.
  • Modern computer lab with specialized software for modeling.
  • Courses offer specialized training in astrophysics, computer modeling, and data collection and modeling.

Career Options

The Astrophysics emphasis will assist students in matriculating to an astronomy or astrophysics graduate program leading to an advanced degree. Students with advanced degrees then have a myriad of career options, including: 

  • working at research facilities under the direction of NASA
  • working in private industry
  • teaching and conducting research at universities

Internship and research opportunities for Astrophysics majors

Students work directly with professors in research involving planetary atmospheres, variable stars, and asteroid orbits using either publicly available data or those collected at the PSU / Greenbush Astrophysical Observatory.

Major

Physics

Emphasis

Students take a selection of classes to complete Astrophysics emphasis.

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