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Astronomy Degree at University of Iowa (UI)

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Astronomy Degree

The astronomy degree program at University of Iowa offers students interested in space life a chance to study planetary, galactic, and stellar phenomena that occurs in space. Students who graduate the astronomy degree program may pursue careers as astronomers, astrophysicists, planetary and space science professors, and more. Students in the astronomy degree program will gain knowledge in courses such as celestial mechanics, stellar physics, galactic evolution, quasars, interstellar medium, planetary science, solar system evolution, as well as optical astronomy, radio astronomy, and theoretical astronomy. Get more details below including other Iowa colleges that offer astronomy degrees.

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Students Enrolled in the Astronomy Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. University of Iowa has offered the following programs for students:

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
  • Students by Academic Level (2010-2011)

    Bachelor's Degree1
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate0

Career Options for Graduates

Upon completion of the Astronomy program at UI, most students have pursued careers in the following fields:

Natural Sciences Managers

  • Description:

    Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, natural sciences managers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 7.7% from 2010 to 2020


  • Description:

    Observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.

  • Career Outlook & Projects ():

    According to the BLS, astronomers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 11.0% from 2010 to 2020

Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Description:

    Teach courses in the physical sciences, except chemistry and physics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching, and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Other schools offering Astronomy Programs in Iowa

Astronomy programs are available at the colleges and universities listed below.

C = Certificate or Award | A = Associate Degree | B = Bachelor's Degree | M = Master's Degree | D = Doctor Degree (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

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Drake University

Des Moines, IA
Type: 4-Year Private College

Programs Offered
  • Astronomy (B)