Students studying astronomy use the principles of physics to understand the universe itself. Learn about the origin, evolution, and properties of moons, planets, stars, galaxies, and beyond.

The Astronomy Minor is designed to be accessible to any major at Trinity.  Students minor in Astronomy if they want to go on to study Astrophysics, Astronomy, or similar disciplines in graduate school or work on space science instrumentation.

Fast Facts
  • Faculty prioritize undergraduates. No graduate students or TAs.
  • Extensive labwork and hands-on tech opportunities in Trinity’s $127-million Center for the Sciences and Innovation.
  • Students take regular trips to McDonald observatory
Group of students gazing up large telescope in lab


What You'll Study

A Wide Scope


Making Waves

Our faculty blend cutting-edge research programs you’d expect to find at a larger school with the personal mentorship of a small, liberal arts university. And with no graduate students competing for faculty attention, our commitment to undergraduate achievement is paramount.

Jennifer Steele
Jennifer Steele, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Kwan Cheng
Kwan Cheng, Ph.D.
Williams Endowed Professor in Interdisciplinary Physics
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Ibrahima Diallo
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Laura Kelton
Visiting Assistant Professor
Nirav Mehta
Nirav Mehta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
David Pooley
David Pooley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Orrin Shindell
Orrin Shindell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Niescja Turner
Niescja Turner, Ph.D.
Zilker Professor of Physics

Student Opportunities

Push boundaries through research, international discovery, and achievement


Semmes Scholarship

Trinity University selects two or three outstanding incoming first-year students to be Semmes Distinguished Scholars in Science...

Research Opportunities

Students participate in one-on-one, cutting-edge research in astronomy with faculty, researching topics ranging from black holes and star formation to...

Study Abroad

More than 45 percent of Trinity students study abroad.


Spaces and Facilities

$127-million Center for the Sciences and Innovation provides 280,000 square feet of cutting-edge lab and classroom space.  Our on campus roof-top...

Student Organizations

Trinity houses an active chapter of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma and is active in TWIST (Trinity Women in Science and Technology...

When You Graduate

Stars in their Field

Tigers are skilled researchers, critical thinkers, and problem solvers. Their liberal arts background helps them stand out in either professional fields or graduate school.


Graduates with the astronomy minor have pursued a wide range of professions including postgraduate studies in meteorology, space science, geosciences, and service in the U.S. military.

Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Meteorology
  • Planetary Science

Career Areas:

  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Physics



Take the next step

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