Astronomy | LSU Majors


You envision yourself working in one of the world's oldest sciences, in the ranks of astronomers and astrophysicists, from Nicolaus Copernicus to Neil deGrasse Tyson. 

About Astronomy

Astronomers challenge the way we look at the universe and our role in it. While the casual observer may think it's all about stargazing, astronomy is heavily rooted in physics and math. As a student, you will take elective courses in stellar and galactic astrophysics and modern optics, and carry out an observational astronomy project at the Highland Road Park Observatory.

Possible Careers 

  • Astrophysicist
  • Astronomer
  • Cosmologist
  • Grades 6–12 teacher (with proper certification)

Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing this major.

  • 24 credit hours in 1000-level courses or higher
  • 2.5 LSU and cumulative GPA (2.5 GPA for transfer)
  • grade of "C" or better in ENGL 1001
  • grade of "C" or better in all math and science courses
  • grade of "C" or better in any of the following: Math 1022, Math 1023, Math 1550, or Math 1551

Senior College

College of Science




B.S., Bachelor of Science

Course Load by Subject Area

  • Math:  High Intensity
  • Science:  Medium Intensity
  • Electives: Low Intensity
  • Technology:  Low Intensity
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