So, first off, I haven't even completed a degree yet, but wanna get some info set straight. This also isn't a "Whats the best school to go" thread. I'm planning on doing either an Astronomy or Astrophysics degree, but I'd either have to go out of state and pay a huge amount for tuition, or manage to get into Rice University and also pay a huge amount for tuition. Apparently from what i've been reading, I can just get a general Physics degree from an in-state college and then just pursue a graduates degree in Astronomy/Astrophysics. This seems like the cheapest way to do things seeing as how I can get very cheap tuition at an in state university for a Physics degree. But are there any down sides to not just majoring in Astronomy/Astrophysics in the first place? Are graduate programs more difficult to get into than undergraduate programs?