College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Major | Minor | Three Year

| Bachelor of Science

The Astronomy and Astrophysics major combines traditional coursework with hands-on experience in a curriculum that emphasizes practical application and academic excellence. Students have access to world-class research facilities and equipment, including remote access to telescopes around the world, access to the fully automated 1-meter telescope at the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium, and use of our on-campus supercomputer, Big Dawg. Many students present their research at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society. With paid departmental research opportunities and a high placement rate to research positions and internships, Butler’s Astronomy and Astrophysics major helps students take their knowledge out of the classroom and into the world—and beyond.

Sample courses in this program include:

  • AS102, Modern Astronomy
  • AS311, Stellar Astrophysics
  • AS340, Cosmology
  • PH301, Modern Physics
  • PH303, Electromagnetic Waves and Optics
  • PH331, Electromagnetic Theory

Please visit the Butler University Bulletin for more course information.

The Astronomy and Astrophysics major can be completed in a total of three years, which includes completing coursework during both summer terms. More information can be found here.

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Foster an ambitious spirit. Cultivate a career.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) attracts the kinds of students who are never satisfied with the status quo. Our quest for knowledge is both timeless and modern. 

We immerse students in the oldest teachings, but also the latest learnings in culture and language, science and technology, psychology and philosophy. In all disciplines, we incorporate research, encouraging students to question everything and meticulously test new theories. Communication is emphasized, teaching students to negotiate, debate, and effectively disseminate information. 

LAS students are committed to being thoughtful practitioners of whatever field they choose, resulting in graduates who are engaged in their careers, active in their communities, and continually learning and leading.