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Computer Science and Astronomy

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

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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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Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

96% freshman retention rate

72% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,348
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $15,952
  • Total: $37,308

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $34,798
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $55,098

International

  • Tuition: $40,146
  • Fees: $4,008
  • Expenses3: $16,292
  • Total: $60,446
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