Explore the beginning of time and the infinite recesses of space
Because our faculty serve in leadership positions in national and international projects such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), our alumni are well-positioned to launch successful careers in research-based roles in higher education, government and the aerospace industry.
Possible career paths for astronomy majors include:
- Technical writer
- Science journalist
- Research assistant
- Computer scientist
Supporting a more diverse scientific community
Our Pre-Major in Astronomy Program (Pre-MAP) engages students who are interested in astronomy and who are traditionally underrepresented in the field — including women, people of color, low-income and first-generation college students. Pre-MAP mentors students from the beginning of their UW careers. Currently, more than 40% of our majors are from groups that are historically underrepresented in STEM fields.
Find Yourself in Astronomy
Ask — and help answer — the big questions: how planetary systems evolved, galaxies formed, and the universe began.
Department of Astronomy Stories
A poem by alum Patricia Clark (BA, 1974), about a UW astronomy class she took 51 years ago, is now headed to the moon on a NASA flight.
Astronomers at the DiRAC Institute have been preparing for a flood of data from the new Rubin Observatory. Now undergrads have joined the effort.