Uniquely combining astrophysics and planetary science, the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences provides students with a unified view of space sciences; the solar system and comparative planetology; stellar and galactic astronomy; and cosmology.

Graduate students are given hands-on experience with telescopes, optics, instrumentation, and computer image processing and modeling. Our PhD program allows students to practice teaching, assist in cutting-edge research and begin to take part in the larger professional astrophysics community.