If coupled with a major in physics, the Astronomy major at the Smith College provides the foundation to pursue a career as a professional astronomer. Advanced courses in mathematics and a facility in computer programming are strongly encouraged.
Many astronomy majors conduct independent research projects, experiencing both the discipline and the excitement of making astronomical discoveries. Recent senior thesis projects “Studying Accretion and Winds in Young Stars with Spectroscopy” by Jenny Podel ’14 and “Revisiting Forbidden Lines in T Tauri Stars,” by Wanda Feng ’15 won the Five College Astronomy Mary Dailey Irvine Prize for best undergraduate thesis, and “Worlds Beyond: Follow-up Observations and Confirmation of K2 Exoplanet Candidates” by Rachel O’Connor ’18 won the Chambliss Student Award from the American Astronomical Society.
- Be an active learner/researcher; be able to recognize and define important questions and know how to go about finding the answers.
- Be familiar with basic concepts from physics and astronomy, including gravity, the nature of light and physical characteristics of matter, and be able to use them as the basis for critical reasoning.
- Be skilled at quantitative problem solving incorporating hypothesis formation, data analysis, error analysis, conceptual modeling, numerical computation and hypothesis testing through quantitative comparison between observation and theoretical concepts.
- Be familiar with scientific instrumentation used by professional astronomers.
- Be familiar with digital imaging as a source of scientific data, including techniques of acquisition, reduction and analysis.
- Demonstrate use of critical thinking skills in well-organized, logical and scientifically sound oral and written scientific reports.
- Be able to critically evaluate representations of science in the media, both in writing and in speaking.
- Be able to communicate science effectively to the general public and the media.
- Be aware of and prepared for the variety of opportunities and career paths that are open to students who have majored in astronomy.
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- Survey of the Universe
- Planetary Science
- Stellar Astronomy
- Galaxies and Dark Matter
- Astronomy and Public Policy
- 48 months
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DisciplinesPhysics Astronomy & Space Sciences Natural Sciences View 1273 other Masters in Physics in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- Common Application or Coalition Application
- Smith Writing Supplement
- Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript
- Counselor Recommendation
- Two Teacher Evaluation Forms
- Official SAT I, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or the Duolingo English Test/*DET*
- Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)
International53940 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 53940 USD per year during 48 months.
National53940 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 53940 USD per year during 48 months.
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