Astronomy and Astrophysics Degree
Video: Florida Tech and ARKYD Telescope
What the Florida Tech astronomy and astrophysics department is going to do with ARKYD Space Telescope!
Blog: Stellar Student
When she's not on rollercoasters, she is usually looking through telescopes or in the physics labs as an astronomy & astrophysics major. Brooke is a Utah native that devotes much of her time as an officer of both Society of Physics Students and the Student Astronomical Society.
Learn about her experiences in her Florida Tech blog!
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Bachelor of Science in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Space sciences at Florida Tech have set the standard since 1958, successfully preparing students for high-tech careers at top space agencies and research firms. The astronomy and astrophysics degree option, focused on the study of celestial bodies beyond the Earth's solar system, is designed to meet the needs of students intending to pursue graduate education and a career in the astronomical sciences.
Whether you want to study the mysteries of black holes, examine the physical behavior of stars or determine the origins of the universe, the astronomy and astrophysics degree from Florida Tech gives you a strong background in physics and hands-on experience with high-tech observational instrumentation.
Gain Practical Experience
Astronomy and astrophysics at Florida Tech isn't just something you study—it's something you go into the lab or onto the roof (where the telescopes are) and do! Florida Tech students gain scientific skills through hands-on experience in small classes with intensive faculty-student interaction.
The Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Group at Florida Tech is concerned primarily with observational and theoretical studies of white dwarf stars, M dwarf stars and cataclysmic variable systems. During your study at Florida Tech you have an opportunity to undertake exciting independent or collaborative (with a peer or professor) research in a topic of your choosing, gaining practical experience for an enhanced job search portfolio and the perfect preparation for graduate and professional school and employment.
Build Professional Relationships
Beyond the classroom, students working for an astronomy and astrophysics degree build leadership and professional experience through exciting internships and participation in academic organizations like Sigma Pi Sigma (national physics honor society), Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, the Student Astronomical Society, student government and over 100 other student organizations.
Get Recruited Upon Graduation
Employers seek out graduates with an astronomy and astrophysics degree from Florida Tech. Companies that recruit our students for internships and careers include the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Harris Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, DRS Optronics, Kennedy Space Center, NASA and the Space Telescopic Science Institute.
Earn An Advanced Degree
After receiving their astronomy and astrophysics degree, many of our students go on to masters and doctoral programs at Florida Tech and other prestigious universities, including Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, MIT and Yale.