Computer Science and Astronomy

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Computer Science and Astronomy?

As a Computer Science and Astronomy student, you’ll study space, time, and 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. Upon graduation, you’ll apply the knowledge you gain to challenges like:

  • Astronomical data processing
  • Analysis of large optical image data sets
  • Dynamical and statistical simulation of astronomical systems

You’ll study, analyze, and test the boundaries of our current hardware and software to make new advances in our technology and our universe. If you like galaxies, black holes, the lives and deaths of stars, and planets, this major may be right for you.

Career Options

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

Post-Graduation Success1

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Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Calculus preferred (if available at high school)
  • Interest in Astronomy in addition to Computer Science

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

96% first-year retention rate

72% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $39,736
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $63,226


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358