Students wishing to pursue Astronomy at MIT have several options. Many astronomy classes are offered jointly between Course 8 (Physics) and Course 12 (Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, or EAPS). While there is no astronomy major, an astronomy minor is offered jointly between the departments. A double major is usually possible, especially with the physics flexible option.
Popular astronomy classes include:
8.282 (intro to astronomy) A 9 unit (3/4 of a regular class) class which fits nicely into the schedule of a second semester freshman.
Wallace Observatory has a 24", a 16", and several 14" telescopes. The observatory is used regularly for research, especially by summer UROP students.