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Physics and AstronomyDepartment

physicsandastronomy.vassar.edu

The department offers majors and correlate sequences in physics and astronomy. Research opportunities include ultrafast lasers for studying nanostructures, a reverberation chamber for architectural acoustics, optical biophysics experiments, physics education and pedagogy, as well as ground- and space-based telescope data for the studies of exoplanets and galactic structures. Students also have access to a wide range of computational resources for class projects or independent studies. On campus, students have access to 8’’, 20’’, and 32’’ telescopes (the larger equipped with charge-coupled devices) and a spectrograph in the Class of 1951 Observatory. Students can participate in faculty research during the year or summer. The department is also a member of the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium which has a summer exchange program and student conferences during the year. The department also serves as the primary link to the 3-2 Dual Degree program in Engineering with our partner institution, Dartmouth College.