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Astronomy + Data Science

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

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What is Astronomy + Data Science?

The field of astronomy is being transformed by the advent of large astronomical data sets. This degree incorporates a strong foundation in data science and astronomy. In this program, you'll learn how to work with modern large data sets using current computational and statistical methods. You'll also have a strong grounding in data curation and ethics. These skills are transferrable to the many careers that handle and communicate data across the knowledge economy. This includes jobs in agribusiness, computing, education, engineering, finance, government, insurance, marketing, medicine, supply chain, and more.

Career Options

  • Astronomy
  • Consulting
  • Data Analysis
  • Education
  • Programming
  • Scientific 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 Data Science

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Transfer Criteria

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Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,474
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses: $16,420
  • Total: $33,558

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $30,446
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses:$16,760
  • Total: $51,870

International

  • Tuition: $32,854
  • Fees: $4,664
  • Expenses: $16,760
  • Total: $54,278
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