In the BS program in astrophysics at UMass Amherst, you’ll explore the physics of celestial objects, including stars, planets, and galaxies, as well as their properties and how they behave.  

You’ll start by building a foundation in physics, mathematics, and astronomy with courses that include introductory classes about the stars and galaxies, writing in astronomy, electricity and magnetics, and calculus. You will also take on more advanced coursework in areas such as optical and infrared astronomy, quantum mechanics, and ordinary differential equations. 

As part of this undergraduate degree program, you will have ample opportunities for research and hands-on learning at institutions and programs such as NASA, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Harvard, the Space Telescope Science Institute Space Astronomy Summer Program, and more. 

This program is ideal for students intending to pursue a PhD degree in astrophysics or a related field.