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

  • Astronomy 120, 121, 200L, 300, 301
  • Physics 130, 202, 203, 210
  • Four credits of 400-level work (research, internship, PHY401, PHY420, etc)
  • 12 Additional credits in physics, with 2 courses from the "Core" category:
    • Core: PHY321, PHY331, PHY341

Courses required outside the discipline:

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