Why Hartwick?

You want to study what lies beyond Earth. You imagine yourself steering a radio telescope or observing the most powerful explosions in the Universe. Imagine no more. Make it a reality at Hartwick.

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Hartwick’s minor in astronomy and planetary sciences prepares you for a galaxy’s worth of career options. Pair with a physics major to go into aerospace engineering, nanotechnology and high level scientific consulting, or add biology or chemistry to go into the material science or neuroscience fields.

And these skills go beyond astronomy. You’ll handle large data sets, write computer programs, work in collaborative teams, apply scientific methods to real data and give clear presentations to other professionals – useful in any career.


You can’t just study the mysteries of the Universe while sitting in a classroom. Get into the newly-restored Ernest B. Wright Observatory right on campus, or spend some time in the summer at the Green Bank Telescope, the world’s largest steerable radio telescope.

Work directly with faculty members on their National Science Foundation-funded research, in collaboration with the Undergraduate ALFALFA Team (UAT) and take paid research opportunities to work in some of the world’s premiere telescopes.


Starting in your first year, you can focus on your own exoplanet, while studying the latest discoveries in the search for life in the Universe. Continue your work with up-to-date data sets in rapidly expanding astronomy fields, study Einstein’s General Relativity, explore planetology, modern astronomy and take more advanced directed studies in extragalactic radio astronomy.

As part of NSF funded research opportunities, you’ll work with data taken at world class observatories. Take your research deeper when you select the topic for your senior thesis paper. Your faculty advisor will be there to help you deepen your passion for deep space exploration.


Like Gerald Murello ’18, now a Field Service Engineer at Weibel Scientific. Combining his Astronomy and Planetary Sciences minor with a Physics major, he handles CW Doppler radar assembly, training, operations, troubleshooting, and maintenance for civilian and military radar systems.


Parker Troischt

Professor of Physics, Astronomy & Planetary Sciences Program Director

John Dudek

Professor of Chemistry