Astronomy is the awe-inspiring study of the universe, with its countless celestial bodies and as many questions yet to be answered.

in the planetarium

Why Study Astronomy?

Physics majors may select the astrophysics concentration for a first-class, hands-on foundation in modern astronomical research.

Graduates pursue jobs as researchers and educators in observatories, planetariums, government labs and private industry. Others go on to graduate programs and professional schools.

Towson’s advantageous location and strong connections with nearby research centers, including Space Telescope Science Institute, Goddard Space Flight Center and Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, open doors to top internship and career opportunities.

Finally, interested students may want to persue a minor in astronomy.

Why Towson?

  • on-site planetarium and state-of the art instruments, including 16” telescope with both wide-field and high resolution imaging equipment
  • computation center featuring multiple workstations with modern astronomical software
  • accomplished faculty who serve as mentors and advisers to astronomy students
  • opportunities to present research at meetings of the American Astronomical Society and other national associations

Astronomy faculty and students engage the community by hosting public lectures and planetarium shows.