Astronomy Departmental learning goals:  

Upon graduation, a student will be able to:

Major-Specific Areas of Knowledge

Accurately articulate in qualitative terms how the laws of physics explain observations of the universe and its constituents. Better understand how scientists ask questions about the universe and its constituents.

Accessing Academic Community/Resources

Read and comprehend astronomical literature, progressing from popular level work as beginning students to technical articles as senior majors.

Communication

Clearly describe orally the properties of the universe and its constituents. Clearly describe in writing the properties of the universe and its constituents.

Quantitative Skills

Using mathematics through at least second-year calculus, accurately express in quantitative terms how the laws of physics explain observations of the universe and its constituents.

Research Experience

Better understand how scientists take data, develop and evaluate models to  explain the data, and present those models for scrutiny by others.

After College

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.

Learning Goals for distribution requirements.  

Many courses in Astronomy meet distribution requirements in the Science (and Science with lab) and Quantitative areas.  These areas have the following learning goals:

Sciences:  Students will be able to do one or more of the following:

- Demonstrate familiarity with one or more scientific methods of inquiry.

- Articulate fundamental theories in a science using precise terminology of the field.

- Formulate a hypothesis, given a problem or questions, and design a valid experiment to test it.

- Collect, interpret, and analyze scientific data.

- Apply the principles of scientific inquiry to civic and personal issues.

Quantitative:  Students will be able to do one or more of the following:

- Perform computations associated with a model and make conclusions based on the results.

- Represent, communicate, and analyze ideas and data using symbols, graphs, or tables.

- Analyze and interpret data using statistical methods.