Outcomes

Students who major in Astronomy will be able to accurately articulate in qualitative and quantitative terms how the laws of physics explain our observations of the universe and its constituents. Specifically:

  1. Students who study Astronomy will be able to read and comprehend astronomical literature, progressing from popular-level work (e.g., Sky & Telescope) as beginning students to technical articles as senior majors.
  2. Students with Astronomy and Astronomy-combined majors will be able to clearly describe orally the properties of the universe and its constituents.
  3. Students with Astronomy and Astronomy-combined majors will be able to clearly describe in writing the properties of the universe and its constituents.
  4. Students with Astronomy and Astronomy-combined majors will be able to accurately articulate in qualitative terms how the laws of physics explain our observations of the universe and its constituents.
  5. Using mathematics through (at least) second-year calculus, students with Astronomy and Astronomy-combined majors will be able to accurately express in quantitative terms how the laws of physics explain our observations of the universe and its constituents.
  6. Intellectually capable students with combined (or double) majors in Physics-Astronomy (or Astronomy-Geology) who are interested in further study will be well prepared for graduate work in Astrophysics (or Planetary Science).
  7. After taking classes in Astronomy, all students (majors and non) should better understand how scientists ask questions about the universe and its constituents, take data, develop and evaluate models to explain the data, and present those models for scrutiny by others.