College of Arts and Sciences

The Astronomy Department offers a full curriculum that covers planetary astronomy, stellar structure and evolution, interstellar matter, Milky Way structure, galaxies and cosmology, all of which build on associated coursework in physics and mathematics. The BS in Astronomy also emphasizes skill building in computational techniques (including data science), writing, public speaking for both science and public outreach and astronomical observations with our 30-inch telescope in central Washington. The department encourages close working relationships between faculty and students and fosters undergraduate engagement in scientific research for motivated students. Students may tailor their upper-level coursework and research to suit a range of career goals, both in industry and academia. Recent graduates work in fields such as data science, telescope operational support and science education; some are pursuing graduate degrees.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Topic: Natural sciences

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Third Friday of Spring Quarter for Autumn, Third Friday of Autumn Quarter for Winter
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Career outcomes