Undergraduate Program

Astronomy & Astrophysics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Astronomy are excited to partner on BS and BS undergraduate majors for students.

Hawai‘i has long been a center for the study of astronomy. Across the state, hundreds of scientists and technicians are actively pursuing astronomical research, and students from universities all over the world come to UH Mānoa to earn a PhD at the Institute for Astronomy. Astronomy is a key research mission for the UH Mānoa.

The BS and BA degree programs draw on extraordinary resources unique to Hawai‘i. No other astronomy program has access to such a variety of telescopes and instruments. Both programs build on a solid grounding in physics and other sciences through courses offered by the College of Natural Sciences. The combined degree programs include introductory, intermediate, and advanced astronomy courses and research opportunities with leading scientists at the Institute for Astronomy.

Learn from nearly 50 astronomy faculty specializing in diverse fields ranging from astrobiology, planetary sciences, and solar physics, to galactic astronomy and star formation, and continuing to extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. The work of the high-energy physics faculty complements the astronomy and astrophysics programs. Study the universe from our nearest neighbors to its farthest reaches!

BS in Astrophysics

For students interested in graduate studies in astronomy, astrophysics or physics

BA in Astronomy

For Students interesed in astronomy but also have a wider range of career goals

For More Information

Contact the Astronomy Undergraduate Program Chair, Dr. Joshua Barnes

Interested Students

For admission to the University of Hawaii at Mānoa

Prospective Graduate Gtudents

Interested in the PhD in Astronomy or Astrophysics?

“Hawai‘i has some of the best astronomical observatories in the world and the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has one of the largest graduate programs in astronomy. I am very excited that we can now add the astronomy and astrophysics undergraduate programs to enable more students to find their passion for a STEM education.”
Guenther Hasinger

Former Director, Institute for Astronomy

“The University of Hawai‘i is a great place to study astronomy and astrophysics. We have excellent faculty to guide you and teach as you study the science of nature in an ideal location. We are confident these majors will round out the academic offerings that will attract many bright and enthusiastic students to our programs.”
Pui Lam

Former Chair, Physics & Astronomy

“The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa provides aspiring astrophysicists an opportunity to receive undergraduate and graduate training, post-doctoral and research positions and unparalleled access to the impressive array of world-class telescopes in Hawai‘i.
We take great pride in the experience and accessibility of our faculty both in the Physics and Astronomy Department and the Institute for Astronomy. The combination of academic achievement, research discoveries, and aloha spirit that welcomes young men and women is found only in Hawai‘i. We invite you to come to learn, to explore, and to discover the newly created BA in astronomy and BS in astrophysics at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.”

William Ditto

Former Dean, College of Natural Sciences

Institute for Astronomy