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Study infinity ... and beyond

We live in a world where robots are exploring Mars, unmanned spacecraft are taking out-of-this-world images of planets like Saturn, and we keep seeing phenomena out in space that simply cannot be explained…yet.

In short, there has never been a more exciting time to study astronomy at SFA.

Students who pursue a degree in physics and a minor in astronomy get an immersive, hands-on experience. You’ll have a chance to learn about observational astronomy, physics and astrophysics. Along with these exciting fields of study, you have a chance to work alongside your professors on cutting-edge research projects.

Boldly work

When you study astronomy at SFA, you can go on to the kinds of careers you’ve dreamed about since you were a kid. Space exploration? Check. Discovering new planets? Check. Astronomy will open the door to public-sector jobs at well-known institutions like NASA, as well as careers in the exciting new realm of privately funded space exploration for companies like Space-X.

There’s no better place to watch the skies

Here’s one more thing to love about SFA’s natural setting: Since we’re not located in a major urban center, our students enjoy one of the best views of the night sky. Our students can also take full advantage of our state-of-the-art planetarium and the largest student observatory in Texas.

Undergraduate programs and requirements

Astronomy minor

Study the stars, extra-planetary bodies and universe beyond the Milky Way at SFA. Students who wish to pursue a minor in astronomy are required to take the following courses:

  • PHY 131 (or 241), 132 (or 242), AST 105, 305 and 335
  • All minor programs must be approved on the degree plan by the Chair of the Department

Teaching certification

For those who wish to share their enthusiasm for the stars above, we also offer a teaching certification program. To find out how you can earn your teaching certificate after you graduate, contact one of our advisors.

*See General Bulletin for additional details, guidelines and requirements

Graduate programs and requirements

The Department of Physics, Engineering and Astronomy offers several graduate courses for students interested in advanced degrees. Check them out here.

For more information on astronomy course offerings, please visit the 2017-2018 Academic Year General Bulletin.


Department of Physics, Engineering and Astronomy

Physical Address:
STEM Building
Suite 207

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13044, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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