Students in the undergraduate Astronomy and Astrophysics programs will learn how to unravel the secrets of the universe
The primary learning objectives are:
- Apply basic physical principles from a broad range of topics in physics to astronomical situations
- Be able to formulate scientific problems in mathematical terms and apply analytical and numerical methods towards its solution
- Develop skills to design observing projects with research telescopes and projects drawing upon data in the literature and in archives
- Establish competence in focused areas of astrophysical theory and experiment
- Generate fluency in the scientific enterprise and awareness of possible career paths available to the undergraduate astronomy and astrophysics major
The program is currently developing a more in-depth curriculum map to plan student development in myriad courses across the entire major. A summary of this effort is available (Curriculum Map overview), as is a draft curriculum map (Astrophysics curriculum map draft 2).