Astronomy Summer Program 2020

Astro Summer Sessions 2020

Welcome to the Department of Astronomy 2020 Summer Sessions Programs. We are excited to launch two NEW programs. Our Pre-college Astronomy Program is for our future Cal Bears! High school and Transfer students will have a good starting point for studying Astronomy at UC Berkeley. Our Global Astronomy Program is for International students looking for a top-notch education at the #1 public institution in the world!

By participating in the program, you will benefit from interacting with UC Berkeley faculty and instructors, enroll in engaging Astrophysics courses and meet other highly motivated students from around the world. Our Introduction to Astronomy class is a great beginner’s course on your favorite Astronomy and Physics interests. Our Python course will provide a solid foundation in programming that is essential for Astrophysics, Physics and even Data Science undergraduate and graduate school. Programming also gives you that extra step of preparation for future careers in research and technology.  Our Astrobiology course is a chance for students to explore and enhance their interest in the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the Universe. Finally, all our summer courses fufill the Physical Science UC Breadth!

Students in the program will be assigned an Astro advisor, attend informational town halls and receive exclusive invitations to many summer Astro-related seminars and events, including our highly anticipated Astro Night.

Please note: Participating in our Astro programs is optional. You can sign up for one or two classes depending on your preference.

Don’t wait to enroll. Registration is already open

Summer Informational Sessions will be offered on Monday May 4th, Thursday May 7th,  Tuesday May 19th,  and Monday June 1st @5p (PST). Be sure to RSVP for Astro Information Session in order to receive the zoom link. Please email astroadvising@berkeley.edu for any questions.

Course Details:

  • Astron 10 – Introduction to Astronomy: A description of modern astronomy with emphasis on the structure and evolution of stars, galaxies, and the Universe. Additional topics optionally discussed include quasars, pulsars, black holes, and extraterrestrial communication, etc. Individual instructor’s synopses available from the department. See syllabus here (pdf).
  • Astron 9 – Python: This course is designed for those at all levels in Python programming. Python is essential in most Astronomy courses and various research positions. Topics could include: Jupyter Notebooks/GIT, Python Classes and Methods, Manipulating Data, Plotting and Visualizing Data, Numerical Differentiation and Integration, Data fitting and root finding.
  • Astron 9 – Astrobiology: This course will be an introduction to astrobiology and will explore the breadth of subjects and research dedicated to solving humanity’s most fundamental question: “Are we alone?”

You can also view course descriptions at classes.berkeley.edu


Summer Global Astronomy Program at a Glance:

  • Study online at the #1 public university in the world.
  • Gain valuable in-depth academic knowledge.
  • Receive practical preparation for careers in scientific research in technology.
  • Participate virtually in 1 on 1 advising sessions, informational town halls and receive exclusive invitations to many summer Astro-related seminars and events, including our highly anticipated Astro Night.

The program can be completed in Summer Session D. You can select from the following modules.

SESSION D    (6 weeks, July 6 – August 14)


Summer Pre-college Program at a Glance:

  • Earn Berkeley credits towards your academic career.
  • Gain valuable in-depth academic knowledge.
  • Receive practical preparation for careers in scientific research in technology.
  • Participate virtually in 1 on 1 advising sessions, informational town halls and receive exclusive invitations to many summer Astro-related seminars and events, including our highly anticipated Astro Night.

Don’t wait to enroll. Registration is already open
The program can be completed across Session A (6 weeks), Session D (6 weeks), or both sessions.

SESSION A  ( 6 weeks, May 26 – July 2)

SESSION D    (6 weeks, July 6 – August 14)