Astrophysics Major

Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with an Astrophysics major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • solve fundamental problems of classical and modern physics and astrophysics, using the necessary mathematical skills;
  • apply principles of physics to problems relating to planets, stars, galaxies, and cosmology;
  • write basic computer programs as well as employ astronomical software tools;
  • conduct laboratory experiments and astronomical observations using modern telescopes, instrumentation, computers, or simulations;
  • plan and carry out professional astronomical observations, including calibrating digital images;
  • retrieve, organize and analyze scientific information in tabular and graphical formats;
  • present scientific results, including their historical contexts, in clear written and oral language.

Requirements

Discipline Courses

  • Astronomy 120, 121, 200L, 300, 301, 400
  • Physics 110, 111, 210, 211
  • Three additional 300-level physics courses

Courses required outside the discipline:

Mathematics 220