UCSC sponsors outstanding educational programs—both graduate and undergraduate—in the areas of astronomy and astrophysics.

Graduate Programs: UCSC is an international leader in astrophysics graduate training. We currently enroll about 40 graduate students working towards the Ph.D. degree. Graduate students benefit from the low student-faculty ratio and extensive research opportunities, as well as course offerings that cover both theoretical and observational aspects of astronomy. UCSC alumni hold positions at leading universities and research institutes throughout the world.

Undergraduate Degrees: The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics offers an undergraduate minor in Astrophysics, and collaborates with the Physics Department to offer an undergraduate major in Astrophysics.

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A of simulation of the accretion of a white dwarf onto a double white dwarf system. Created by graduate student James Guillochon.

A of simulation of the accretion of a white dwarf onto a double white dwarf system. Created by graduate student James Guillochon.