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Astronomy, Bachelor

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University rank #601 (QS) Northampton, MA, United States
The Astronomy program at the Smith College is a part of the Five College Astronomy Department . The consortium offers a rich curriculum in astronomy and astrophysics, taught by astronomers from Smith, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts.
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Students who major in the Astronomy program at the Smith College also take courses in physics and often double major in physics and astronomy. Astronomy is the study of the cosmos, from our home planet to the farthest reaches of the universe. 

One of the original liberal arts, astronomy offers an unparalleled perspective for appreciating our planet and the life that it supports. It also provides an opportunity to appreciate the simplicity of the forces of nature and understand how these forces govern the origin and evolution of our universe.


This course will help you to:

  • Be an active learner/researcher; be able to recognize and define important questions and know how to go about finding the answers.
  • Be familiar with basic concepts from physics and astronomy, including gravity, the nature of light and physical characteristics of matter, and be able to use them as the basis for critical reasoning.
  • Be skilled at quantitative problem solving incorporating hypothesis formation, data analysis, error analysis, conceptual modeling, numerical computation and hypothesis testing through quantitative comparison between observation and theoretical concepts.
  • Be familiar with scientific instrumentation used by professional astronomers.
  • Be familiar with digital imaging as a source of scientific data, including techniques of acquisition, reduction and analysis.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Survey of the Universe
  • Sky I: TIME
  • Sky II: Telescopes
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Telescopes and Techniques
  • Astronomy and Public Policy

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Smith Writing Supplement
  • Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Evaluation Forms
  • Midyear Report
  • Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    55830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    55830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55830 USD per year and a duration of .
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Living costs for Northampton

  • 1156 - 2400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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