Please visit the Department of Astronomy for more information about this major/concentration at the University of Virginia. 

Field of Study: Joint program that prepares students for graduate study in astronomy, physics, computer science, and related fields. 

Post-Graduate Occupations of past Astronomy-Physics Majors ​

  • Software Engineers
  • Research Scientists (Aerospace)
  • Pilots
  • Postdoctoral Fellows
  • C.E.O.’s
  • Physicists

Professional Associations

Build Your Resume

Don't forget to pursue opportunities outside of your schoolwork. Your major is one of many lenses you might use to look at possible careers.  Explore UVA Career Center resources on internships, externships, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. Actively participating in these experiences can help clarify current goals and future interests, while building skills that employers want. Below are some ideas on how you can enhance your resume:

  • Develop excellent writing, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Gain research experience by working on faculty projects or as a student employee. Having research and/or work experience (through internships or volunteer positions) is vital.
  • Gain experience through volunteer opportunities, internships, and/or part-time jobs.
  • Join relevant professional organizations as a student member.
  • Consider pursuing a graduate degree, particularly if interested in research or academia. Keep a high GPA and develop relationships with potential recommendation writers