The Whitin Observatory is the home of the Wellesley College Astronomy Department and houses classrooms, astronomy laboratory facilities, the Astronomy Library, and faculty offices. Built in 1900, and enlarged in 1906, 1966, and 2010, it is considered an unusually fine facility for undergraduate training in astronomy. Our telescopes are used for College teaching activities and research observing nearly every clear night.
The Astronomy program at Wellesley College gives students many opportunities to engage in astronomy-related activities beyond the formal curriculum. They learn to operate our historic and modern telescopes and serve as nighttime lab assistants, research assistants, and tour guides. They observe the sky for fun as part of club A.S.T.R.O. They can carry out research under the direction of Wellesley faculty and, during the summer, with faculty at other schools within the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium or other NSF-funded programs.
Approximately half of our majors go on to graduate school and work toward a Ph.D. in astronomy or planetary science. Graduates who completed their doctorates have gone on to work at national observatories, colleges, universities, NASA, and other scientific laboratories. Others have earned degrees in engineering or computer science and work in industry. Some of our alums have pursued degrees in law or business.
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- Life in the Universe
- Exploring the Cosmos: Introductory Astronomy
- Exoplanetary Systems
- Hands-on Planetary Exploration
- Planetary Geology and Geophysics
- Astronomical Techniques
- Planetary Atmospheres and Climates
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesAstronomy & Space Sciences View 196 other Bachelors in Astronomy & Space Sciences in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
Your academic preparation as an applicant for admission to Wellesley should include:
- training in writing
- the interpretation of literature
- at least one laboratory science
- other academic studies customary for university admission
- fluency in all areas of the English language: reading, writing, and verbal skills.
International60424 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 60424 USD per year during 48 months.
National60424 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 60424 USD per year during 48 months.
In-State60424 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 60424 USD per year during 48 months.
Living costs for Wellesley
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