Astronomy

In the Department of Physics and Astronomy

The physics major with a concentration in astrophysics and the astronomy minor are described in the “Physics” section of the catalogue.

Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences and deals primarily with developing an understanding of our origins on a cosmic scale. Students interested in graduate study in astronomy should complete the physics major with a concentration in astrophysics and should strongly consider doing an honors project and thesis. They are also encouraged to pursue summer research with faculty before the start of their senior year. Colby physics majors who have taken Astronomy 231 and 342 and completed a research project in astronomy have always been admitted into graduate programs in astronomy or astrophysics. Students in any major discipline who are interested in a more general exposure to astronomy should consider the astronomy minor.

Faculty

Assistant Professors Dale Kocevski and Elizabeth McGrath; Faculty Fellow Michael Pagano