Astronomy is the study of how the Universe works and is a subspecialty of physics.  Join us as a major, minor, take our core courses, or come to our free Planetarium Shows, presented by a member of our astronomy faculty


We offer a BS in Astronomy and also a minor, as well as courses for science core requirements. 


Our Faculty:



Dr Kenneth Rumstay, PhD (Observatory Director)

active galaxies, interstellar medium

Dr Martha Leake, PhD

planetary astronomy

Dr. Cecilia Barnbaum, PhD

stellar evolution, insterstellar medium


Our Students and their Activities


VSU's Astronomy Facilities


See our Internal Website Resources:

Astronomy Animations

Mathematics Demonstrations

Out with a BANG:  Black Holes

The Meaning of COLOR in Astronomy

The Dance of Math and Physics

What Science IS and What it is NOT

Plagiarism, A Student's Guide to Avoiding It


Other Useful Links


     Tutorials to Learn More

     NASA and Space Centers

     Books and Journals


     Other Useful links