Astronomical Opportunities for Bucknell Students

The Astronomy Program is integrated into the Physics curriculum, and is designed to be accessible to majors and non-majors alike. In addition to courses, the Astronomy Program offers opportunities teaching and research in the field.

Students interested in concentrating their studies in astronomy are encouraged to major in Physics and take ASTR 201 and 301 as electives for that major. Additional opportunities for advanced study and/or research participation are available through Independent Research or Honors Thesis programs. In-depth exposure to astronomical research is available through our summer research program.

Interested non-majors can obtain a general exposure to astronomy through the ASTR 101-102 survey sequence. The motivated student can follow this up as a Teaching Assistant for this sequence. Many TA's are non-majors and it's a great opportunity for those interested in teaching (especially science teaching) careers.

The following list represents the range of courses offered during a typical student's four years at Bucknell. To see which specific courses are being offered during the current and next semester, visit Banner Web.


Our Solar System (I; 3, 3)

An introduction to astronomy concentrating on our evolving understanding of the solar system. Designed for non-science majors. No prerequisite.


Stars and Galaxies (II; 3, 3)

An introduction to astronomy concentrating on the structure of our universe beyond the solar system. Designed for non-science majors. ASTR 101 is not a prerequisite for ASTR 102.


Observational Astrophysics (AII; 2, 2)

This course covers spherical astronomy and observational techniques, and applications of physics to solar system objects, stars, stellar evolution, galaxies, and cosmology. Some night observing required. Laboratories focus on observational techniques and data reduction. Prerequisite: PHYS 212 (or PHYS 212E).


Astrophysics (AII; 3, 0)

An introduction to general astrophysics covering mechanics of orbiting bodies, radiation laws, stellar spectra, stellar atmospheres, the internal constitution of stars, stellar energy, galaxies, and cosmology. Prerequisites: PHYS 222 and MATH 212. Crosslisted as PHYS 301.


Contemporary Problems in Astronomy/Astrophysics (I and II; R) Half or full course

Seminar or independent study in areas of interest in the astronomy/astrophysics community. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


Undergraduate Research (I and II; R) Half or full course.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.


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