The Department of Astronomy offers undergraduate and graduate instruction in a wide variety of fields, including theoretical and observational astrophysics; infrared, optical, and radio astronomy; galactic structure and dynamics of stellar systems; high-energy astrophysics and cosmology; and spectroscopy. A considerable amount of research and teaching related to astronomy is done in other units at Berkeley, including the Space Science Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and the Physics Department. Various professors in the Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Science, Mathematics, Statistics, and Engineering departments have an active interest in astronomy and are available for consultation.

Statement on Spring 2020 Grades and Graduate Admission

Why Berkeley Astronomy

Find out how UC Berkeley Astronomy can assist in your journey for higher education. More

Launch Day 2020

Are you an incoming freshman or transfer student intending on majoring in the physical sciences? Come meet our faculty, advisors and students! More

Active volcanoes feed Io’s sulfurous atmosphere

New observations led by astronomer Imke de Pater of the University of California, Berkeley confirm volcanic contribution to the atmosphere of the moon Io More

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