USNO United States Naval Observatory


Flagstaff, AZ


Marc Murison -

COVID Summer Status 2022:


Student Requirements:

Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


The mission of the United States Naval Academy is to develop Midshipmen morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to graduate leaders who are dedicated to a career of naval service. The Academy’s civilian faculty members give continuity and depth to the educational program and form the core of scholarship and teaching. All career civilian faculty members have doctoral degrees, and many of them are leading scholars and researchers in their fields, working in a wide range of technical areas to further develop their disciplines.

About the Lab

As the undergraduate college of our country’s naval service, the Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Originally called The Naval School, it established on October 10, 1845, with a class of 50 midshipmen and seven professors. The curriculum included mathematics and navigation, gunnery and steam, chemistry, English, natural philosophy, and French. Congress authorized the Naval Academy to begin awarding bachelor of science degrees in 1933. The Academy later replaced a fixed curriculum taken by all midshipmen with the present core curriculum plus 18 major fields of study, a wide variety of elective courses and advanced study and research opportunities. Cadets graduate with bachelor of science degrees and commissions as ensigns in the Navy or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps.