Learn about pre-college opportunities Summer Session 2021!
Our online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world.
This three-week program will build a ground-up understanding of observational astronomy, exploring the basis of human extraterrestrial observation and the art of turning astronomy into a science.
We'll use the foundations of astrophysics to explain the implications of modern observations, supplementing data with observations we will learn to take during the class. We will develop a physically motivated framework with which to understand observations by undertaking a survey of the lifetimes of different unique objects in the universe, from stars to galaxies to the universe itself.
We will explore real astronomical data through python* based computer labs. Through these labs, we will turn raw data into beautiful astronomical images and use this data to analyze the ages, distances, and masses of stars.
*No python programming experience is necessary to apply.
Online Live Sessions Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 12:15pm, and 2:00 - 4:00pm (EDT).
Mornings are lecture & discussion, afternoons are lab time.
Cost and Session Information
Dates: July 12 - July 30, 2021
Program Length: 3 weeks
Student Profile: Rising sophomore - senior
Program Feest: $1,697
Application Fee: $35
Credits Offered: Yes
*Applicants Program fees include tuition, a technology fee, and a one-time registration fee. Certain programs have an additional materials fee to cover the cost of necessary tools and supplies (included in total). These come pre-packaged through the host departments.