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Students may wish to concentrate on topics or research outside to the classroom. Opportunities for this type of investigation exist through the Independent Study courses (ASTRON 196, 296, 396 and 496). These courses are arranged on a semester basis between a student and a professor. Depending on the type of activity, these classes generally range from 1 to 3 credits.

There are also many summer intern programs in astronomy. A list of these Research Experiences for Undergraduates can be found on the American Astronomical Society's website.

In addition to the REU programs funded by the National Science Foundation and listed on the AAS website, the Five College Astronomy Department runs a summer research internship program each summer for astronomy students within the Five Colleges. We encourage students to take advantage of these internship programs.