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    Default Do you have an astronomy degree?



    Who here has or is persuing a degree in astronomy, cosmology, physics, ect? I was just curious.

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    I started off as an astronomy major, but when I got my first 10:00pm lab assignment, I thought to myself, "What's wrong with this career choice?"

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    I have no degree but it has been a hobby for 70 years.

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    I am working on it lol.

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    I will be getting my degree in Physics with an astrophysics emphasis December 2009.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justask23 View Post
    Who here has or is persuing a degree in astronomy, cosmology, physics, ect? I was just curious.
    BS Physics, MS Engineering, PhD Administration

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    I have a PhD in BS.

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    I have taken three classes in college level astronomy:

    1. A television based college telecourse in 1982, "Project Universe" with Dr. Ed Krupp
    2. An Astronomy 101 Class at Cerritos College in California in 1999
    3. Astronomy Lab course at Cerritos College

    I did not pursue a degree in Astronomy because the job market was too competitive for it.

    I opted to become a professional telescope operator instead and did that for five years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sxinias View Post
    BS Physics, MS Engineering, PhD Administration

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    But for amateur astronomy, so what and who cares.


    All that is needed is interest, a little imagination, and dedication.

    Reference 14 year old Miss Caroline Moore who recently discovered the weakest supernova ever discovered. She is only midway through high school.

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    I'm currently in the works for an Astronomy and Physics double major at the Ohio State University. Honestly from what I've gathered Astrophysics studies, especially in theoretical research, can be very tedious and boring. If I didn't have such an interest in Astronomy to begin with I wouldn't even consider it as a major. That said, I feel like I can give back to the field that inspired me by contributing to Astrophysics studies.

    When I first entered college I defaulted to the pre-med route, as many people do. I have a lot of relatives that went that route and it seemed like pre-med would be a good choice for me; doctors of course make lots of money and are highly respected. After taking a few general Chemistry classes, I became apathetic to the field and had to start again from the beginning, unsure of what I wanted to make of my life. After a little bit of reluctance, I settled on Mathematics. I had always been good at maths, so it seemed the natural choice. I went further in the Math major than I did in the pre-med route, but it still seemed like something that wasn't exactly what I wanted to do.

    My decision to switch to an Astronomy major came when I had somewhat of a revelation. I've always been fascinated by the workings of the Universe. Even before changing my major I would read through books on Astrophysics and magazines that popularized the subject. I also remember the first time I watched a simple video on YouTube that showed the scale of the Universe. It starts with an image of the Earth,and shows it alongside the Sun and various other stars. Eventually the stars become so big that a single pixel on the screen isn't enough to show the Earth. The idea that these stars can become so immense completely blew my mind. Stuff like that is what really made Astronomy my favorite subject. It kind of clicked in my head one day that this is what I should be studying. After doing more research on graduate school, I realized that I should also add the Physics double major because the two subjects are so related.

    EDIT: Here's the video if anybody's interested. Everytime I watch it I'm still amazed at the scale of the Universes' largest structures. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJ8UAMR98y4&feature=quicklist"]YouTube - The true size of our world[/ame]
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