# 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 for the Astrophysics Major

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

## Requirements for the Astrophysics Minor

- Astronomy 120, 121 and 200L
- Physics 130, 202, 203 and 210

**Physics and Astrophysics Majors and Minors:**

**Theresa Melo ‘19: Astrophysics and Spanish MajorBrynn Presler-Marshall ‘19: Astrophysics MajorAysha Rahman ‘19: Astrophysics MajorLizzie Apel ‘19: Physics MajorRuotong Zhai ‘20: Physics MajorSara Sloman ‘20: Astrophysics and Mathematics MajorRachel Farnsworth ‘20: Astrophysics MinorKimberly Patterson ‘20: Astrophysics MajorRuoyi Wang ‘20: Physics MajorEduige Kayigirwa ‘20: Physics Major and Mathematics MinorEmma Shaw ‘20: Physics MajorTalia Crawford ‘20: Math-Physics MajorBrianna Velasco ‘21: Astrophysics MajorLeo Skaer ‘21: Astrophysics MajorAbigail Harden ‘21: Astrophysics and Mathematics MajorAzia Robinson ‘21: Astrophysics MajorMihika Rao ‘21: Astrophysics and Economics MajorAlexis Dalton ‘21: Astrophysics MajorIcarus Albert '22: Astrophysics MajorSam Passman '22: Astrophysics MajorSkye Yang '22: Astrophysics and Philosophy MajorHelena Buschermöhle '22: Astrophysics MajorSophia Gooch '22: Astrophysics MajorGabrielle Santilli '22: Astrophysics Major**