Astronomy and Astrophysics, B.Sc. | Pennsylvania State University | University Park, United States
48 months
40151 USD/year
38651 USD/year
19286 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Astronomy and Astrophysics program at Pennsylvania State University focuses on the study of the properties, physical nature and origins of the planets, stars, galaxies and universe as a whole.


The Astronomy and Astrophysics program at Pennsylvania State University involves development of instrumentation, observations of celestial objects with ground- and space-based telescopes, and interpretation of findings using the mathematical laws of physics such as gravity, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics.

The undergraduate major provides a strong and broad foundation in mathematics, physical science and computation as well as a detailed understanding of modern astronomy. Many research opportunities are available to complement the formal classwork. Graduates proceed to advanced degrees in astronomy and other sciences, and into a wide variety of technical professions.


Many of our alumni pursue graduate education in astrophysics after completing our undergraduate degree. Students apply to enter PhD programs in astrophysics in the fall of their senior year.

Some students choose to do graduate work in related fields such as physics, geoscience / planetary science, ecology, or engineering.

Other students have successfully pursued master’s degrees in education in order to earn teaching certification to teach physics or Earth and space science.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Astronomical Universe
  • The Sky and Planets
  • Elementary Astronomy Laboratory
  • Astronomical Methods and the Solar System
  • Astronomy of the Distant Universe
  • General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


125 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Official secondary school records
  • Official test scores: SAT or ACT
  • English language proficiency, if your native language is not English

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    40151 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 40151 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    38651 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 38651 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    19286 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19286 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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