The study of astronomy spans many areas: radio astronomy; the study of stars, their structure, and evolution; the origin of the universe and other astronomical systems; and the atmospheres and surfaces of planets.

In the astronomy minor, you’ll build a foundation in basic astrophysics, then select courses that suit your personal interests and career goals, such as observational astronomy, optical and infrared astronomy, and astronomy and public policy.

UMass is a member of the Five College Astronomy Department (FCAD) alongside Amherst, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Hampshire, so you can also choose to take classes at these colleges.

The astronomy minor and its training in astronomy, physics, computer science, and mathematics can be a great benefit to students pursuing degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, as well as in science education or communication.