ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
Astronomy is the study of the cosmos, from our home planet to the farthest reaches of the universe. One of the original liberal arts, astronomy offers students an unparalleled perspective for appreciating our planet and the life that it supports. It also provides an opportunity to appreciate the simplicity of the forces of nature and to understand how these forces govern the origin and evolution of our universe and all its constituents.
The Astronomy Department at Smith College is a member of the Five College Astronomy Department, a consortium with the astronomy departments of Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts. Together we offer a rich curriculum in astronomy and astrophysics, taught by faculty from all 5 instituions. Since an astronomy major is very integrated with physics, our majors also take courses in the Physics Department, and often double major in physics and astronomy.