Department of Astronomy

Astronomy Faculty Profiles

Astronomy is the study of the universe—from planets and stars to the Milky Way and distant galaxies, from the instant of the Big Bang to the current era of rapid expansion and beyond to the distant future. Modern astronomers rely on careful observations of the cosmos and on their understanding of physical laws to make sense of our often baffling, but always fascinating universe. The astronomy curriculum emphasizes hands-on observations at the Whitin Observatory, using a fleet of small telescopes in introductory courses and the 24-inch research telescope for advanced classes and student research. The underlying physical principles of astronomy are elucidated at all levels, from introductory courses for nonscience majors to upper level classes in advanced astrophysics.



Astronomy Department Information

The astronomy department offers introductory courses accessible to the nonscience major. Among them are the broad survey courses ASTR 100 and ASTR 101, which may be taken in any order, and either one may be taken with the nighttime lab ASTR 102ASTR 206 fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning Overlay course requirement.




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