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Computer Science & Astronomy

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What is Computer Science & 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

84% employed or continuing education

54% employed after graduation

29% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$51,527 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Solstice Mobile, Uber Technologies View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

31 - 34 ACT score

1430 - 1520 SAT score

3.58 - 3.95 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

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: $17,040
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $36,394

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $34,182
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $53,876

International

  • Tuition: $39,400
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $59,094
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