Earth and Space Exploration (Astrophysics) (BS)

The BS in earth and space exploration with a concentration in astrophysics is designed to offer students a fundamental grounding in astronomy and astrophysics, with exposure to the related fields of geology, planetary science and engineering. Students emerge from this program with the required skills for a career in astrophysics, physics or related fields.

The rigorous and quantitative coursework includes a combination of physics courses taught in the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Department of Physics. The tools of astronomical discovery are increasingly dependent on technological advances, and students are exposed to engineering principles and computer programming. Through the capstone project in the senior year, students gain valuable experience in translating science drivers into engineering solutions.

Students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in earth and space exploration (astrophysics) may not pursue a concurrent degree with the BA in earth and environmental studies, the BS in earth and space exploration, the BS in earth and space exploration (astrobiology and biogesciences), the BS in earth and space exploration (exploration systems design), or the BS in earth and space exploration (geological sciences) due to the high level of overlap in curriculum. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.

Degree Offered

Earth and Space Exploration (Astrophysics) (BS)
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Career Outlook

Career opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • aerospace engineer
  • astrobiologist
  • astronomer
  • computer programmer
  • data analyst
  • instrumentation specialist
  • planetary scientist
  • science policy intern
  • science writer
  • teacher
  • telescope operator

Career settings include:

  • federal government
  • K-12 schools
  • manufacturing
  • museums
  • NASA facilities
  • national laboratories
  • NSF facilities
  • observatories
  • planetariums
  • publishing
  • space industries
  • universities and colleges

Some of the listed careers may require advanced degrees or additional certifications. This program also provides suitable preparation for graduate study.