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Astronomy, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Claremont, CA, United States
Learn about planetary astronomy, stellar astrophysics, cosmology and the origins of the universe with opportunities for hands-on research and collaboration with this Astronomy program at Pomona College.
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Astronomy at Pomona College, offered via three Physics Major tracks in the Physics and Astronomy Department and in collaboration with Harvey Mudd College, gives students tools to explore the universe.

Learning outcomes

Our unparalleled facilities include a mountain-top one-meter telescope, an on-campus observatory, a digital planetarium and an adaptive optics research laboratory.

You’ll have opportunities to do research on campus and at top astronomy facilities such as Caltech and the Carnegie observatories.

Majors earn a B.A. in physics with an astronomy, astrophysics, or Earth, planetary and space sciences track. A minor is also available.

A thesis is required and independent research encouraged, usually in conjunction with faculty research. Recent projects include monitoring active galactic nuclei, quasar absorption line spectroscopy and telescope instrument design.

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 included:
  • Introductory Astronomy with Lab
  • Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology
  • Life in the Universe
  • Archeoastronomy and World Cosmology
  • Cosmic Origins
  • Advanced Introductory Astronomy
  • Introduction to Astrophysics
  • Techniques in Observational Astrophysics
  • Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics
  • High-Energy Astrophysics
  • Stellar Structure and Evolution
  • Galactic Astronomy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • School Report and Counselor Recommendation
  • Mid-Year Report
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • One-time, non-refundable application fee of $70 or fee waiver
  • Test scores for international applicants
  • Standardized test scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56284 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56284 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56284 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56284 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Claremont

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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