Astronomy Summer Program 2021

Welcome to the Department of Astronomy 2021 Summer Sessions Programs. We are excited to continue our Astrophysics 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! Our Pre-Major Program is for our prospective majors and current students ready to develop essential research skills.

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 Cultural Astronomy course is a chance for students to learn more about how our human culture views astronomy. This is a great course for both STEM and non-STEM students- opening the world of Astronomy to arts and humanities, social and biological sciences majors as well as students pursuing a STEM degree! Finally, all our summer courses fulfill the Physical Science UC Breadth! Our programs are grouped in “areas of study” modules. For course details, please view the modules and flyers below.

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 any module or take one class depending on your preference.

Don’t wait to enroll. Register at: http://summer.berkeley.edu/

Astro Informational Sessions will be offered on Tuesday March 16th, 2021 @ 4:00 – 4:30 PM (PST), Tuesday April 13th, 2021 @ 4:00 – 4:30 PM (PST),  Tuesday May 11th, 2021 @ 4:00 – 4:30 PM (PST), Tuesday June 15th, 2021 @ 4:00 – 4:30 PM (PST) and Tuesday June 29th, 2021 @ 4:00 – 4:30 PM (PST) . Be sure to RSVP for Astro Information Session in order to receive the zoom link. Please email astroadvising@berkeley.edu for any questions or join our prospective mailing list at prospective+subscribe@astro.berkeley.edu 

Course Details:

Session A

Session D

    *See modules below for course descriptions 
    You can also view course descriptions at: classes.berkeley.edu

For Incoming Freshman, Transfers, and High School Students:

Summer Pre-College Astronomy Program at a Glance:

Pre-College Program Benefits

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 D    (6 weeks, July 6 – August 13)


For Visitors or International Students: 

Summer Global Astronomy Program at a Glance:

Pre-College Program Benefits

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

SESSION A  ( 6 weeks, May 24 – July 2)

SESSION D    (6 weeks, July 6 – August 13)

Across Sessions A and D    

Module C

Cultural Astronomy (Session A) 

Python (Session D) 


For Current or Intended Majors: 

Summer Pre-Major Astronomy Program at a Glance:

Pre-College Program Benefits

SESSION A  ( 6 weeks, May 24 – July 2)

SESSION D    (6 weeks, July 6 – August 13)

Across Sessions A and D    

Module C

Cultural Astronomy (Session A) 

Python (Session D) 

Module D

Introduction to Astronomy (Session D) 

Cultural Astronomy (Session A) 

Intro to Astronomy:

Pre-College Program Benefits

Intro to Python:

Pre-College Program Benefits

Cultural Astronomy:

Pre-College Program Benefits