The Astronomy Program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University (SNU), located at Gwanak-Gu, Seoul, offers courses in a broad range of astronomical and astrophysical topics for both undergraduate and graduate studies as well as a number of introductory astronomy courses for non-astronomy major students. The undergraduate program emphasizes a strong foundation in astronomy, physics, and mathematics, while the graduate program is designed to provide students with observational and computational skills as well as the theoretical background needed to carry out original research in various fields of astronomy.
SNU has several astronomical facilities at the Gwanak campus, including a 61cm reflector telescope equipped with modern detectors, a 6m millimeter-wave radio telescope, and a PDS microdensitometer. Students also have access to various astronomical resources offered by other institutions such as the 14m radio telescope at Daeduk Radio Astronomy Observatory, the 61cm optical telescope at Mountain Sobaek Observatory, and the 1.8m optical telescope at Mountain Bohyun Optical Astronomy Observatory. Students are also encouraged to use major worldwide observational facilities for their research activity. For computing facilities, the Astronomy Program has a mini-supercomputer for large-scale simulations and dozens of fast workstations in its computer room.