Using data from powerful new technologies, astrophysicists make discoveries that raise new questions about our Universe. They study the physics of the Universe. They interpret observational data through mathematical and physical laws. Astrophysicists apply disciplines of physics, including mechanics, electromagnetism, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, relativity, nuclear and particle physics, and atomic and molecular physics.


  • University researcher
  • Research equipment designer
  • Planetarium technician
  • Computational astrophysicist
  • Solar astronomer
  • Data analyst
  • Planetary scientist
  • Telescope engineer
  • Support astronomer

What you’ll study

You will complete core courses in math, physics, and astrophysics and then choose an area of emphasis: professional astronomy, computational astrophysics, secondary education, data-analysis specialist/laboratory scientists, or military reserve officer. Many students major in both astrophysics and physics, which includes a supervised observation or theoretical research project in the senior year. You will also have access to excellent facilities including: 30-inch reflector near Minneapolis; 60-inch reflector on Mt. Lemmon near Tucson, Ariz.; large facilities such as Large Binocular Telescope Observatory, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Mauna Kea Observatory, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.