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.


Discipline Courses

  • AST-120, AST-121, AST-200L, AST-300, AST-301, PHY-130, PHY-202, PHY-203, PHY-210, and MAT-220
  • Students must complete at least one other math course (excluding MAT-100, 101, 104, 117, 118, or 119) and 4 credits of 400-level work. This could include research, internships, independent study, PHY-401 Problem Solving in Physics, or PHY-420 Advanced Seminar in Physics
  • Students must complete at least 12 additional credits in physics and at least 2 courses must come from the "Core" Category.
    • Core: PHY-321, PHY-331, PHY-341

Courses required outside the discipline:

  • Mathematics 220
  • One additional math course (excluding MAT100, MAT101, MAT104, MAT117, MAT118, MAT119)

Requirements for the Astrophysics Minor

  • Astronomy 120, 121 and 200L

  • Physics 130, 202, 203 and 210