Undergraduate and High School Programs

The Department of Astronomy offers three options for Astronomy concentration: basic, honors, and joint honors. The most frequently pursued joint honors combination is with physics although other choices are available. Secondary fields in the department are also offered.

The SAO Summer Intern Program invites undergraduates interested in careers in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or related physical sciences the opportunity to work with a CfA staff member on a research project. Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution, the program is open to students enrolled in a degree program leading to a bachelor's degree.

The SAO Scholars Program is a Summer Research Experience for High School Students with the academic background and professional ambition to pursue an astrophysics research project with an SAO/Harvard scientist. This program is a unique collaborative between SAO and the Cambridge Summer Youth Employment Program.

The SAO/NSF Solar REU Intern Program invites undergraduates interested in careers in solar physics, astrophysics, physics, or related physical sciences the opportunity to work with a CfA staff member on a solar physics research project. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the program is open to students who are US citizens enrolled in a degree program leading to a bachelor's degree.