Astronomy

About Astronomy

Astronomy, one of the oldest sciences, is the study of celestial bodies including planets, stars, galaxies and other entities in space. Astronomers utilize principles in physics to learn about the universe and create theories based on their research. Astronomy majors at Valdosta State University gain knowledge of the fundamental branches of astronomy, including solar system astronomy, astrophysics and observational astronomy.  

Astronomy at Valdosta State University

Valdosta State is one of just a select number of universities across the nation that offers an undergraduate degree in astronomy. Valdosta State astronomy students have access to a number of educational tools and technologies, including the VSU Observatory, which features a 16” Cassegrain reflecting telescope, and the VSU Planetarium, a 47-seat planetarium equipped with a Digitarium Kappa digital projector, the first of its kind in the world. Valdosta State was a founding member of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy, a consortium of nine colleges that operates telescopes near Tucson, Arizona and La Serena, Chile. Two student organizations geared toward astronomy majors, the Valdosta State Astronomical Society and the Society of Physics Students, host guest lecturers and organize educational field trips.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Minors

    • Astronomy 


About the Astronomy Curriculum

B.S.

Astronomy students at Valdosta State take courses in physics and mathematics, along with classes in general astronomy and astrophysics, the solar system and observational techniques. Students gain practical teaching experience as laboratory assistants and tutors and are able to participate in research experiments with faculty members. Many astronomy majors choose to double major in physics. Students in the program are prepared for graduate studies and to enter the workforce in areas such as aerospace and related industries.

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 Minor

Students can obtain a minor in astronomy by successfully completing a minimum of 20 hours of selected courses. The minor is a good choice for students who are passionate about astronomy but are focusing on a different course of study and for students in related fields such as physics and environmental geosciences.  

 Careers

  • Aerospace professional
  • Data analyst
  • Lab technician
  • Observatory scheduler
  • Planetarium director
  • Research assistant
  • Science museum professional
  • Secondary science teacher
  • Science writer
  • Technical writer
  • Telescope operator

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