# Student Learning Outcomes

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## College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2021-2022

### Department of Astronomy and Planetary Science

#### Astronomy, Bachelor of Science

### Learning Outcomes

**Student Learning Outcomes**

Our B.S. in Astronomy program is designed to prepare students for a career in a technical field or for graduate studies in astronomy or planetary sciences. Below we describe the learning outcomes our program.

**Physics Content**

Students will have an understanding of the laws of physics in the areas of:

- classical mechanics
- electricity and magnetism
- special relativity
- waves
- optics
- atomic physics
- nuclear physics
- thermodynamics

**Astronomy Content**

Students will be able to apply the laws of physics in order to understand the:

- origin and evolution of the Solar System and other planetary systems
- origin and evolution of stars
- origin and evolution of galaxies
- evolution of the Universe, i.e. cosmology

**Laboratory Skills**

Students will:

- understand how to take good data with increasingly sophisticated equipment in introductory, intermediate, and advanced physics laboratories
- be able to take good data with a research grade telescope and a CCD imaging system
- know how to identify random and systematic errors, and propagate errors
- be able to synthesize an appropriate conclusion from a physics experiment or an astronomical observation

**Computational Skills**

Students will:

- be able to apply mathematical tools such as elementary probability theory, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, differential and integral calculus, vector calculus, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, and linear algebra to solve physics and astronomy problems
- become proficient in a computing language such as MATLAB
- be able to write code in a computing language in order to explain or predict the behavior of a complex physical system
- be able to reduce and analyze data from a research grade telescope and a CCD imaging system using professional astronomical software such as IRAF

**Problem Solving Skills**

Students will develop problem-solving capacities. In particular, a student will be able to:

- ascertain the known and unknown aspects of a problem
- describe the fundamental physical principles in the problem
- articulate a pathway toward solving the problem
- successfully follow the path and solve the problem

**Communication Skills**

Students will be able to:

- clearly communicate and defend their work in verbal, written, and visual formats to scientific and non-scientific audiences

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