Astronomy and Astrophysics Track

Studying our universe

The astronomy and astrophysics program is geared toward preparing our students for graduate school. Thanks to our excellent facilities and dedicated faculty, students in this program encounter many research opportunities that few other universities can offer.

Career options

A physics degree with an emphasis in astronomy or astrophysics will prepare you for a career in any of the following areas:

  • Astronomy
    • Research
    • Development
    • Writing
  • Astrophysics
    • Research
    • Administration
  • Aerospace industry

Graduate options

Our astronomy program will equip you for any graduate program in physics, astronomy and other science-related fields.

Career resources

To help you prepare and search for jobs, the Missouri State Career Center provides a database of current openings, tips for preparing your résumé and on-campus interview opportunities. The Career Center also compiles information about what you can do with a physics degree.

Also, our department encourages students to use resources like Physics Today and the American Physical Society as they look for jobs in their field.

A crimson portrait of planet Venus

Transit of Venus, June 5th, 2012. The Next one is scheduled for December 11, 2117.
Hydrogen-alpha image by Henry G. Stratmann, a Missouri State student.