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    education in astronomy

    can anyone recommend a college or lead for someone interested in the field of astronomy and the study of space?
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    astronomy i mean
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    Hello there. You should took a look here http://www.uscollegesearch.org/astronomy-colleges.html

    You can also narrow the search to find one close to you! Good Luck

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    You should look at the differences between Physics & Astronomy and Earth & Space Science and decide which you prefer. Some schools have both, but many don't.
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    Herenorthere is completely correct. However, to pimp my alma matter, FIT has a sort of 3-way degree program with astonomy, space science, and astrophysics where getting degrees in more than one is just a few extra courses (FIT doesn't do minors, so you'd get two B.S. degrees).

    Of course, you need to have *very* good math skills for those programs, and FIT (while it's not exactly MIT) is fairly selective (and rather expensive).

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    Ugh I took astrophysics 1 and 2. While interesting, triple integrals of page long equations ain't my thing. Biology ftw.
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    You won't escape math in either program, but Earth & Space Science is less of an exercise in crazy math. Instead you'll be learning a broad range of physical sciences. If the frequency of pulsars, etc., is your thing, sharpen your pencil for writing the equations of physics/astronomy. If you're more interested in planetary atmospheres, etc. aim for E&SS. But you can go either direction from either program, because the real split between the two happens in grad school. By the way, you're heading into a field where even the assistants have an MS, if not a PhD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by losfreddy View Post
    astronomy i mean
    I edited the title for you. I love astronomy and almost changed my major my junior year to Astronomy. Alas, I was too far along and another drastic major change would only increase my time in undergraduate school (time = money). For me, astronomy is a better hobby anyway. Good luck with your school selection.

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