Astronomy, B.A. | University of Colorado at Boulder | Boulder, United States
48 months
59602 USD/year
57702 USD/year
30452 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Astronomy program of the University of Colorado at Boulder is one of the few programs to combine both astrophysics and planetary science. As a result, we provide a unified view of solar and space sciences, planetary systems (our Solar System and others), stellar and galactic astronomy, and cosmology.


Program Tracks

Students pursuing the Astronomy program of the University of Colorado at Boulder can choose to add the astrophysics/physics track.

Students may declare either track when beginning their coursework, or wait until completion of their foundational courses in astronomy, physics, and mathematics (usually after the first 2-3 semesters). Students are mentored in groups during these first semesters, but meet individually with an APS faculty member every semester thereafter to discuss their academic progress and post-graduation plans.

General Astronomy Track

The astronomy degree highlights the science of astronomy, observation and technology. As a major on this track, students receive core training in astronomy, mathematics, physics, and computational and instrumental technology. These skills prepare students for professions in space sciences and a range of other careers in education, science, and technology. The astronomy degree is also designed to provide opportunities for students to explore a minor or second major in a complementary area of study.

Astrophysics/Physics Track

The astrophysics/physics addition shares the same foundational astronomy, math, and physics course sequences as the astronomy degree for the first two semesters, but then focuses on more advanced work in these topics. This track is jointly administered with the Department of Physics and requires substantial upper-division work in this field. Upon graduation, students should have solid theoretical and applied training for careers or graduate studies in the space sciences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Accelerated Introductory Astronomy
  • General Physics
  • Fundamental Concepts in Astrophysics
  • Ancient Astronomies of the World
  • Space Astronomy and Exploration
  • Planets and Their Atmospheres

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Application fee ($50 for domestic applicants, $70 for international applicants)
  • Personal Essay (required, 250–650 words)
  • Writing Supplement (required, 250–650 words)
  • One academic letter of recommendation is required
  • High school or secondary school transcripts
  • ACT or SAT scores are not required for first-year students who graduate from high school, but you may provide them if you would like us to take your scores into consideration when reviewing your application
  • English proficiency test scores
  • As a foreign national, you will need to obtain a temporary immigration visa from the United States in order to be allowed entry into the country. The two most common types of visas for students attending the University of Colorado Boulder are the F-1 student visa and the J-1 exchange visitor visa

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    59602 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 59602 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    57702 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 57702 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    30452 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30452 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Boulder

950 - 1350 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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