Astrophysics

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A program that focuses on the theoretical and observational study of the structure, properties, and behavior of stars, star systems and clusters, stellar life cycles, and related phenomena. Includes instruction in cosmology, plasma kinetics, stellar physics, convolution and non-equilibrium radiation transfer theory, non-Euclidean geometries, mathematical modeling, galactic structure theory, and relativistic astronomy.

Career Opportunities

Earth, Marine and Space Professors

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.
$104710
Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

Astronomers

Laurence Jones from
1 reviews
observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.
$126250
Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
Personality Match

Interest Match

Physicists

Jed Macosko, PhD from Wake Forest Univerisity
1 reviews
conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.
$137700
Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match


Natural Sciences Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
$154930
Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match


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