The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics offers a minor in Astronomy for undergraduates interested in topics like the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang; the origin and evolution of planets, stars, and galaxies; and the history of cosmology and modern astronomy. Students can take courses through both the Department of Physics and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics including: "Black Holes," "Exoplanets," "The Lives and Deaths of Stars," and "Looking for Ourselves Elsewhere." Undergraduates in the Astronomy minor survey the stellar and interstellar components of our galaxy in a class on the Milky Way; explore the inner workings of stars in "The Secret Lives of Stars;" and use quantum theory, space-time relativity, and principles of cosmic structure to understand how the physical world has evolved in "Matter, Energy, Space, and Time." For students considering graduate work in astrophysics, the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics recommends the program leading to a degree of BA in Physics with Specialization in Astrophysics.
UChicago Assistant Professor Daniel Fabrycky explains how his work with the Kepler space telescope is helping to find far off planets like our own.