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Astronomy

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What is Astronomy?

Astronomy is the study of physics, chemistry, and the evolution of the universe. In this major, you’ll study stars, planets, moons, comets, nebulae and galaxies. You'll determine the positions and motions of these phenomena. You’ll gain analytical skills and learn to draw conclusions from data. You’ll also learn how to apply physics concepts to understanding the universe. Our department also provides many opportunities involvement in faculty research projects.

Career Options

  • Aerospace
  • Government research
  • Higher education
  • Laboratory science
  • Observatory science
  • Planetarium work
  • Museum work

Post-Graduation Success1

82% employed or continuing education

37% employed after graduation

44% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$68,939 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Epic Systems, Generac Power Systems, Department of Veterans Affairs

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Washington - Seattle, University of Rochester

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

28 - 32 ACT Score

1300 - 1460 SAT Score

3.35 - 3.88 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246
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