Astronomy is the study of the Universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.


Astronomy is the study of the Universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.

It explores the physics, chemistry, and evolution of objects like moons, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies, as well as features like supernovae explosions and cosmic background radiation.

Only available as a minor.

At a Glance

Degree options
Minor only


At Mount Allison, astronomy courses include daytime lab periods and a number of nighttime observing periods at the Mount Allison Gemini Observatory (MAGO).

Astronomy courses include such topics as:

  • solar system astronomy
  • stars, galaxies and the Universe
  • astrophysics
  • life in the Universe

In addition to formal astronomy courses, the Physics department offers a number of advanced courses relevant to those planning a career in astrophysics, including modern optics, classical mechanics, relativity, and signal processing.

A minor in Astronomy combines astronomy-related courses in physics with complementary courses in a number of other disciplines, including biology, chemistry, environmental science, philosophy, computer science, and mathematics.

Astronomy is available as a minor only.

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

Mount Allison Gemini Observatory

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Whether you're entering the job market or continuing your education, your Mount Allison degree will stand out.

Mount Allison has been recognized by Maclean's as the top primarily undergraduate university in Canada more times than any other university.

With experiential learning and career development opportunities available in every degree, you'll also graduate with hands-on learning and real-world experience.

Our graduates also boast extraordinarily high acceptance rates to top graduate programs and professional schools such as law and medicine.

Popular career paths in astronomy include:

  • aerospace engineer
  • meteorologist
  • astronaut
  • atmospheric physicist
  • astrophysicist
  • computer systems analyst
  • mining/geological engineer
  • forensic engineer
  • telescope structures/optics specialist


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The thing I loved most about the Astronomy program at Mount Allison is the hands-on experience it gives you. Whether it be in a class-based lab, or through a summer research position, you are given a chance to do hands-on astronomy at a high level.

Honours Physics, minors in Astronomy and Mathemtics
Port Williams, NS


Mount Allison Gemini Observatory

The Mount Allison Gemini Observatory (MAGO) is a dual-dome astronomical observatory housing two identical 11" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes.

It is used extensively by the Physics department for hands-on astronomy classes, as well as being open to the public for special viewing nights and activities.

Some of the celestial objects viewed through our telescopes include planets and moons of our solar system, nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies.


Bachelor of Science

Admission Requirements

Our admissions decisions are based on your academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. The drop down menus below will help you find information on what pre-requisites are recommended for a Bachelor of Science; however, a minor is Astronomy can be combined with any degree.

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