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The universe is a compelling laboratory.
Modern astronomy is concerned with understanding the nature of the universe and the various structures — galaxies, stars, planets, atoms — within it. Astronomy is interested not only in describing these things, but in understanding how they are formed and how they change, and, ultimately, in reconstructing the history of the universe. This understanding is always based upon the same set of theories and practices—physics, chemistry, materials science, mathematics, computer science—that are used to understand the earth and its immediate surroundings. For this reason, students are strongly encouraged to base their study of the universe upon a firm grounding in one of these disciplines.
Enjoy the benefits of a small department with close advising and individualized learning plans.
Pursue an interdisciplinary major in astronomy and physics. a special major in combining work in geology, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics or a minor in astronomy
Participate in a hands-on research program funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation using state-of-the-art facilities.
Connect classroom study at Mount Holyoke with experiential learning in internships and research project nationally or abroad.
Follow the careers and accomplishments of the our alumnae through their own stories.
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