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Astrophysics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Decatur, TX, United States
Astrophysics at Agnes Scott College is the scientific study of natural phenomena such as gravitation, electricity, magnetism and the nature of matter. The heart of physics is the effort to understand and predict what happens in nature, using reasoning inspired and tested by experiment. 
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  • Internship and Research Opportunities
Our students have contributed to research projects at these organizations among many others:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • University of Alaska Center for Atmospheric Research
  • University of Central Florida Laser Center 
Exciting Activities and Outreach Opportunities
  • The departmental faculty, students, and Agnes Scott community members participate in a variety of activities during the year.  Yearly events include a booth at the Atlanta Maker Faire, an Egg Drop, presenting at the Atlanta Science Expo, and launching model rockets.  The department has movie nights in the observatory and dinners at faculty member's houses.  We periodically pursue larger projects, such as the 2014 launch of a weather balloon to 90,000 feet.
Outstanding Facilities
  • The 110,000-square-foot Mary Brown Bullock Science Center, with 65,000 square feet of teaching and lab space, is home to the physics, biology, chemistry and psychology departments. The building features extensive, modern instrumentation, faculty-student research laboratories, independent student-project laboratories and long-term observation areas. Full-time and part-time professors teach all physics labs, and all students have the opportunity for hands-on research and experimentation.
Generous Telescope Access for Astrophysics Majors
  • You’ll have access to Agnes Scott’s uniquely-designed Bradley Observatory and Delafield Planetarium, home to the astronomy department. You’ll also regularly make remote observations with telescopes in Arizona, Chile, and the Canary Islands through Agnes Scott’s membership in the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) consortium.
Extracurricular Involvement
  • At Agnes Scott, learning happens outside the classroom too. You can join the Society of Physics Students, which holds events and activities promoting physics to the campus and general public. 

What You'll Learn

Astrophysics students from Agnes Scott College acquire a general, flexible foundation for graduate study or for professional work in physics, astronomy, and other quantitative fields. You'll learn:
  • How to conduct laboratory experiments and astronomical observations using modern telescopes, instrumentation, computers, or simulations
  • The ability to write basic computer programs as well as employ astronomical software tools
  • How to present scientific results, including their historical contexts, in clear written and oral language

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Elements Of Physics I/lab    
  • Elements Of Physics Ii/lab      
  • Intro To Computer Programming     
  • Geology Of The Earth And Terrestrial Planets/lab           
  • Mechanics/lab        
  • Electricity And Magnetism/lab            
  • Modern Physics.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • An application for admission, via the Common Application, which includes:
  • Agnes Scott Supplement
  • Teacher Evaluation Form (teacher invitation sent via Common App)
  • Secondary School Report and International School Supplement from counselor or school official (invitation sent via Common App)
  • Official High School Transcript in English
  • Application fee of US $30
  • SAT/ACT Test Scores, evaluative interview with Agnes Scott admission counselor, InitialView Interview, or Duolingo English Proficiency Test
  • Agnes Scott's SAT school code is 5002; ACT school code is 0780.
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Find details on our Admission Requirements page.
  • Agnes Scott's TOEFL school code is 5002.
  • International Student Certification of Finances (PDF)
  • Copy of Passport Biographical Page or National ID Card
  • Midyear Report (submit as soon as available)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43920 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    43920 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43920 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Decatur

  • 1072 - 1990 USD/month
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