What are dark matter and dark energy? How are gravitational waves created? Is time travel possible? Students who minor in astrophysics can explore these and other fascinating questions. Astrophysics is a rapidly developing area of science that’s making revolutionary discoveries about the nature of the universe, from the first moments after the Big Bang to the anatomy of black holes.
Students gain a strong foundation in physics and learn novel astrophysical applications through observation nights, lab experiments, and mathematical explorations. They leave with the knowledge and skills to tackle astrophysical problems at every scale, from the planetary to the cosmological.
In pursuing my minor in astrophysics, I became an observation night teaching assistant. This was my first experience setting up telescopes and explaining objects visible in the sky to others. These experiences greatly motivated my journey after USF — getting my MS in Astronomy from San Diego State University where I continued to host observation nights for students, and then starting my career as a planetarium educator at the Eugene Science Center.”
Haley Sharp ’12