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There's something amazing about outer space. As an astrophysics major, you'll study the stars, galaxies, planets, and the dust in the sky - one of the most mysterious and alluring scientific fields. Majoring in astrophysics is challenging and you'll need a strong foundation in physics and math, but once you get started the excitement will never end.

High school students can prepare for a major in astrophysics by taking all the math, physics, and sciences classes available to them in high school. This will make your freshman year of college easier and prepare you for your undergraduate degree. But it's not all calculations - as research is a part of this major, astrophysics majors should also have a background in writing to ensure their reports are well written.  

Your college studies will be divided into three areas: classroom lecture, field work, and lab work. Many of the topics you will encounter at the beginning will be familiar to you because you studied them in high school. As you progress, you'll tackle more advanced topics such as quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and the interstellar medium.

You will also spend time in the lab doing experiments and computational work. Many students say their favorite part of their degree is the research opportunities that allow them to study the origin of a star or the universe. Many schools offer research programs to give students as opportunity to perform research before graduation. Students who pursue a master's or doctorate degree will have the opportunity to specialize in area of specific interest to them. With a bachelor's or master's degree, you could find work in the private sector, government, or for a laboratory, but if you wish to teach, you'll most likely need to pursue a doctorate degree.
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