Computer Science & Astronomy


What is Computer Science & Astronomy?

This major provides students who plan to pursue technical and professional careers in Astronomy a necessary foundation in Computer Science. As a Computer Science and Astronomy student, you’ll study space and time—cosmology, galaxies, black holes, the lives and deaths of stars, and planets in our solar system and around other stars—delving into the computational challenges of determining the origins of life in our universe. You’ll use supercomputers, work with computer models of black holes and galaxy clusters, and mine large datasets such as the Dark Energy Survey project. Upon graduation, you’ll apply the knowledge you gain to challenges like astronomical data processing, analysis of large optical image data sets, and dynamical and statistical simulation of astronomical systems. You’ll study, analyze, and test the boundaries of our current hardware and software to make new discoveries and advances in our technology and our universe.

Career Options

  • Aerospace
  • Data science
  • Education
  • Museum work
  • Programming
  • Public service
  • Research

Post-Graduation Success1

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Sample employer destinations: Uber Technologies

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

30 - 34 ACT Score

1420 - 1520 SAT Score

3.60 - 3.92 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $36,394


  • Tuition: $34,182
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $53,876


  • Tuition: $39,400
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $59,094