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Astronomy, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Valdosta, GA, United States
Majors of the Astronomy program of Valdosta State University gain knowledge of the fundamental branches of astronomy, including solar system astronomy, astrophysics and observational astronomy.
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The Valdosta State Experience

Valdosta State is one of just a select number of universities across the nation that offers an undergraduate degree in astronomy. Valdosta State astronomy students have access to a number of educational tools and technologies, including the VSU Observatory, which features a 16” Cassegrain reflecting telescope, and the VSU Planetarium, a 47-seat planetarium equipped with a Digitarium Kappa digital projector, the first of its kind in the world. Valdosta State was a founding member of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy, a consortium of nine colleges that operates telescopes near Tucson, Arizona and La Serena, Chile. Two student organizations geared toward astronomy majors, the Valdosta State Astronomical Society and the Society of Physics Students, host guest lecturers and organize educational field trips.

What you'll learn

Students in the Astronomy program of Valdosta State University take courses in physics and mathematics, along with classes in general astronomy and astrophysics, the solar system and observational techniques. Students gain practical teaching experience as laboratory assistants and tutors and are able to participate in research experiments with faculty members. Many astronomy majors choose to double major in physics. Students in the program are prepared for graduate studies and to enter the workforce in areas such as aerospace and related industries.


  • Aerospace Professional
  • Data Analyst
  • Lab Technician
  • Observatory Scheduler
  • Planetarium Director
  • Research Assistant
  • Science Museum Professional
  • Science Writer
  • Secondary Science Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Telescope Operator

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 include:

  • The Universe
  • Astronomy of the Solar System
  • Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
  • Tools of Astronomy
  • The Planetarium
  • Cosmology

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Complete the online application 
  • English Proficiency
  • Submit official transcripts from high school and/or all college(s) attended; only sealed, official academic records will be accepted
  • A completed Certificate of Finances statement guaranteeing that the student will have a minimum of $36,124.00 (for nine months) available for personal and educational expenses
  • Completed medical form. VSU requires that prior to registration all students present proof of two vaccines for measles and on for mumps and rubella; a tetanus booster within the last ten years; proof of disease or immunization for varicella (chicken pox); and, if under the age of 19 at time of enrollment, proof of hepatitis B series immunization
  • All international students must purchase the VSU medical insurance plan for students to cover the cost of medical treatment while in the United States
  • A copy of the student's passport/visa must be emailed to the Office of Admissions

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15424 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7712 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    15424 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7712 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    4370 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2185 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Valdosta

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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