The Astronomy Major and Minor

The Astronomy Major

Mount Holyoke’s astronomy major is designed to provide a good foundation in modern science with a focus on astronomy. Taken alone, it is suited for students who wish to apply scientific training in a broad general context.

If coupled with additional course work in physics or geology, the astronomy major or minor provides the foundation to pursue a career as a professional astronomer or planetary scientist. Thus, advanced courses in physics, mathematics, geology, and/or chemistry, as well as a facility in computer programming, are strongly encouraged.

The Astronomy Minor

The goal of an astronomy minor is to provide a practical introduction to modern astronomy. If combined with a major in another science or mathematics-related field, such as geology, chemistry, or computer science, it can provide a versatile scientific background that prepares a student for future work as a scientist or technical specialist.

Alternatively, the minor may be combined with a major in a nonscientific field, such as history, philosophy, or education, for students who wish to apply their astronomical backgrounds in a broader context that could include history of science, scientific writing or editing, or science education.

See the Astronomy Catalog for specific information on the credits and courses required for the major and minor.

All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the College’s Learning Goals and the Astronomy Department Learning Goals.