Astronomy provides a window to the formation of the universe; to open it requires a fundamental knowledge of physics. An astronomy major will take, in addition to all of the required physics major courses, both introductory and advanced courses. The specialized astronomy courses cover both observational astronomy and modern astrophysics, including topics as varied as planetary formation and black holes.
For the undergraduate interested in being part of a research team, there are opportunities in observational radio, optical, and gravitational astronomy.
The student Astronomy Club meets weekly for educational discussions, networking and socializing. Members are active participants in the Arecibo Remote Control Center (ARCC). Through remote controls, they use the Arecibo radio telescope located in Puerto Rico to search for pulsars and analyze the data collected.