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Astronomy - Planetary Sciences, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #176 (BCR) New York City, NY, United States
The undergraduate major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy - Planetary Sciences at Stony Brook University prepares a student for graduate and professional work.
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Key Features

Grad­uates with a degree in astronomy teach in secondary schools, work in academic, government, and industrial laboratories, and teach and conduct research at colleges and universities.

Course requirements for the Astronomy - Planetary Sciences at Stony Brook University are summarized in the accompanying chart. When the student declares the Astronomy major, the director of undergraduate studies assigns a faculty advisor to the student. This advisor assists the student in the selection of courses. Students should consult frequently with their faculty advisors regarding their progress and regarding appropriate science courses. Because the position of the scientist in society is responsible and complex, the student is cautioned to pay careful attention to general education in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses offered:

  • Astronomy Today
  • Astronomy
  • Astronomy Laboratory
  • Current Astronomical Research at Stony Brook
  • Planetary Sciences
  • Stars and Radiation
  • Cosmology
  • Collisions in the Solar System
  • Galaxies
  • English Language Requirements

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    General Requirements

    • If you are a freshman applicant, you must have completed the highest level of secondary education in your country of residence. We look for a strong secondary academic program with courses in math, natural sciences, and English (or, if English is the language of instruction, another language).
    • If you have attended any college or university after graduating from secondary school you must apply as a transfer student. Applicants are required to have performed well in a strong academic program, having completed at least 24 credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher by the time they submit their application. If the applicant has earned fewer than 24 credits, high school transcripts must also be submitted.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      24940 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 24940 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      24940 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 24940 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      7270 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 7270 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for New York City

    • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
      Living Costs

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