What are some careers in Astronomy, and what classes should I take for it in college?

I got very interested in Astronomy (while looking at the meteor shower) so I started thinking about astronomy as a career option, but I want to know what classes I should take in my last 2 years of High School and also later for college. I mainly want to know about what college classes I should take.

There really aren’t any careers in astronomy if you don’t have a PhD, so you’re going to be in college for a long time. Take all the math and science you can while in high school – it would really help if you could take calculus your senior year so you can start calculus-based physics your first semester of college. You’d want to major in physics in college, take classes in math, computer science, and astronomy, and spend your summers doing research projects with professors to prepare for graduate school and a job doing astronomy. Grad school is another 4-8 years after the bachelors.


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What are some careers in Astronomy, and what classes should I take for it in college? — 3 Comments

  1. I’m pretty sure you need math and science courses in high school. In college, besides taking general education courses (math, English, etc.), astronomy courses need to be taken.

    I took astronomy 100 (something like that) in college, and it was a little tough. It may have been because I’m not a science major, but I managed a C.
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  2. There really aren’t any careers in astronomy if you don’t have a PhD, so you’re going to be in college for a long time. Take all the math and science you can while in high school – it would really help if you could take calculus your senior year so you can start calculus-based physics your first semester of college. You’d want to major in physics in college, take classes in math, computer science, and astronomy, and spend your summers doing research projects with professors to prepare for graduate school and a job doing astronomy. Grad school is another 4-8 years after the bachelors.
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    PhD student in physics, astrophysics

  3. You should definatly take a physics class, just in case you want to be an astro-physicist.

    You also want to take a class involving mathematics obviously. You would need the skills to calculate distances and sizes and use specific formulas.

    If you are interested, you could also take an archeology class, that gives you the option of becoming an archaeoastronomer, which is where you study the astronomical beliefs, practices, and discoveries of prehistoric and ancient cultures.

    Maybe history too, to help with the archeoastronomy.

    And then you would defiantly want to take a science related class so you can watch closely at the material that make up moons and planets and stars or galaxies such as hydrogen, carbon dioxide, etc.

    Please tell me if these suggestions helped :]
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