Physics/ Astronomy

Astronomy and physics is the study the fundamental nature of the universe ranging from the vastness of space to the smallest particles.  Workers in this field develop new technologies, methods, and theories based on the results of their research that deepen our understanding of how things work and contribute to innovative, real-world applications.  They may work for universities, research institutions, governments, etc.  Astronomers study the motions, compositions, origins, and other properties of planets, stars, galaxies and other celestial bodies.  Physicists explore the fundamental properties and laws that govern space, time, energy, and matter.

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How to begin your career path at Jefferson:

Jefferson Community College can help link you to a career in astronomy or physics through its Associate of Science Mathematics & Sciences-Science Concentration.  With course work in biology, chemistry, mathematics and liberal arts, this degree will prepare students to transfer to a four year institution to continue their study in this field.  Research positions as astronomers and physicists require a PhD to begin.  Many four-year SUNY and private colleges have undergraduate and graduate programs in astronomy/space science/physics.  Students should work closely with their faculty advisor and transfer/career counselors when considering coursework and opportunities in this field.

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