Physics and Astronomy
Physics Theory and Application
Students will be able to apply principles to model and solve representative problems both analytically and computationally, at an introductory level from the primary physical theories (classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, special relativity, thermodynamics, electromagnetism and optics), and at an advanced level from classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and in topics chosen from quantum mechanics, optics and thermal physics. Apply physical theories to the solution of astrophysical problems.
Observation and Computational Skills
Students will be able to locate and observe astronomical objects, write scientific programs to simulate physical systems, and analyze astrophysical data.
Communicate professionally to a technical audience both orally and in writing. Be able to understand scientific ideas by reading books and journal articles.
Students will be able to understand scientific ethical practices and demonstrate them in the conduct of scientific research.
Research and Professional Preparation
Students will be able to conduct astronomical or astrophysical research under the direction of a faculty mentor to contribute to the generation of new knowledge, and prepare to do this professionally.