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 Beginner and Advanced Python courses 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. Finally, our special topics course is a chance for students to explore and enhance their interest in Astronomy, the Universe and beyond. Last year, we offered Black Holes!
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.
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.
Astron 9 – Python I: This course is designed for beginners 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 – Python II: This course will build off basic Python programming. You will not need to have taken our summer Python I, but the course will explore topics such as: Solving Differential Equations, Numerical Simulation, Image Manipulation and Fourier Methods, Advanced Optimization Inference with Machine Learning
Astron 9 – Special Topics: This seminar will explore one of a variety of subjects in greater depth than in introductory courses. Possible topics include stars, galaxies, the solar system, the interstellar medium, relativity and cosmology, history of astronomy, observational astronomy, and life in the universe.