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Department Learning Goals
Learning Goals for Astronomy Introductory Level Classes
- Understand fundamental concepts in astronomy such as gravity, the nature of light, the origin of the universe, and physical characteristics of matter.
- Demonstrate skills for quantitative analyses, including the ability to form a hypothesis, graphically represent and interpret data, estimate error and understand sampling bias.
- Critically evaluate representations of science in all types of media.
Learning Goals for Astronomy Advanced Classes
- Demonstrate proficiency in fundamental concepts in each of the major areas of astronomy: cosmology, planetary science, galaxies, stellar structure, and the universe.
- Show a working knowledge of a broad array of physical phenomena that are based upon fundamental concepts.
- Gain familiarity with instrumentation, computational methods and software resources utilized by professional astronomers.
- Understand the variety of career paths and opportunities that are open to students who have majored in astronomy.
- Exhibit a proficiency in the methods of scientific inquiry in laboratory and/or research projects.
- Demonstrate use of critical thinking skills in well-organized, logical and scientifically sound oral and written scientific reports.
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