Stained Glass at the Cathedral of Cologne, Márcio Cabral de Moura, Flickr.


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About the Major

Curious about what’s "out there?" Students who are comfortable with mathematics and physics and have a strong desire to understand the nature of the Solar System and other planetary systems, stars, galaxies and the universe, are encouraged to consider majoring in astronomy. UF's astronomy department is the only US institution with access to the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), whose superb image quality "sees" both the faintest and the most distant objects in the universe, from nearby, newborn planets and stars, to the most distant galaxies.

Our graduates have gone on to become...

Possible Careers for this Major

Prehealth & Prelaw
Any CLAS major can prepare you for for admission to professional schools such as medical school, vet school, law school, etc.

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  • Industrial Researcher
  • Observing Technician
  • Physicist
  • Planetarium Director
  • Science Librarian
  • Science Museum Director
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Astrophysicist
  • Computing and Imaging Processor
  • Defense Contractor
  • Educator
  • Engineer
  • Government Scientist
  • Instrument Designer
  • Management Consultant
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Some Unique Opportunities in this Major
  • Undergraduates have numerous opportunities to work on research projects with faculty and postdoctoral researchers
  • Positions are available in summer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs sponsored by NSF across the U.S.
  • Possible summer positions at the Instituto de Astrofi'sica de Canarias (Institute for Astrophysics of the Canary Islands) to work with the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC).
  • For more opportunities, please refer to the department website
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