As an astronomy major, you’ll gain in-depth knowledge about the nature of the universe, with thorough preparation in physics and mathematics. Like nearly all majors, there are opportunities to engage in research projects in your junior and senior years — faculty and students have played major roles in space exploration, including a heavy involvement in NASA missions such as the Mars Rovers.
Stop in to the Graduate Lounge on the first floor and take a look at the amazing chalk mural which several of our graduate students have created on the blackboard there.
Housed in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Physics, the astronomy and astrophysics program includes coursework on the origins of the cosmos, life in the universe and space astrophysics.
The PhD degree in astronomy is granted to those students who have shown an extensive knowledge of advanced astronomy and the ability to do original research. The student is required to pass a general qualifying examination in astronomy, usually taken at the end of the second year. The student must then prepare a dissertation based on the results of independent research. A PhD candidate must also satisfy the general requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. Full-time graduate students who maintain satisfactory academic performance while pursuing the PhD degree in astronomy normally receive a stipend for teaching and/or research, which includes full tuition and a monthly amount sufficient to cover living expenses.
Independent private school-board Pomfret School (Pomfret School) was founded in 1984: today there are about 360 schoolchildren studying, including 17% of foreigners from 22 world countries.
The educational institution is designed to teach high school students - 9-12 classes - and their qualitative preparation for entering the university: this is supported by balanced, effective training programs and qualified teachers, more than 80% of whom have a scientific degree. Graduates easily enter the most prestigious and elite universities of the USA and the world:
Students here are taught to constantly improve themselves, develop and show their talents, set goals and achieve them, improve communication skills, critical and analytical thinking. Students try to educate themselves as real cosmopolitans, ready to live in a modern multicultural society - to respect other nationalities, languages, cultures and religions.