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Physics Programs

Physics—where innovation and understanding become a unified front.

Did you know that physicists developed the underlying technology for cell phones, computers, and tablets? They also created the image sensors used in cameras, magnetic storage in hard drives, the MRI—the list goes on, but you get the picture.

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B.S. in Physics: Astronomy

Astronomy and astrophysics are the endeavor to understand the universe and to explain the origin of celestial objects and phenomena. It involves both planetary science and stellar science. The astrophysics track will require spectroscopy and instrumentation classes, in addition to the astronomy core classes. As you study, you’ll enjoy working with other students in performing cutting-edge research with the modern equipment available to you as a Mastodon.

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Program Highlights

  • Development of analytical-thinking and research skills
  • Experience with circuit design, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and microcontrollers for instrumentation development
  • Understanding of the importance of experimentation and data analysis
  • Support from the Mastodon community
  • A prestigious Purdue degree



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Requirements and Curriculum Overview

Our comprehensive curriculum and diverse requirements will challenge you to go further than you ever imagined. Check out what you can expect as you advance through our program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Have the skills to enter a career in astronomy, optics, data analysis, or software
  • Ability to pursue graduate education in physics, astronomy, or engineering