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What Should a Budding Astronomer Look for in a College?

12 Nov 2015, 16:10 UTC
What Should a Budding Astronomer Look for in a College?
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Question: Hello, I’m a senior in High School and have been planning on being an astronomer for years. I was curious as to what college may be best for an astronomy or physics degree? I have good grades but don’t want to go to a very difficult college. I’m planning on getting a PhD and would like to find a college that is easygoing but has good education.
Help would be appreciated, thank you! – Brittany
Answer: Your best course of action is to find a college that you both like and also has strong physics, math, and computer science programs. With strong programs in these areas you will improve your chances of getting a good education in the primary skills that you will need as a professional astronomer: physics, mathematics, and computer science.
Jeff Mangum

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