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The Lycoming College Department of Astronomy and Physics will offer a new major in astrophysics beginning with the 2012-13 academic year.
Students will have the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science in the field through coursework in astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics. The 13-course major was created to provide extensive study in both astronomy and physics while preserving students' ability to complete their undergraduate degree in four years. Upon its completion, graduates will be prepared for advanced study in astrophysics or astronomy as well as all the other numerous and varied careers available to those who complete the traditional astronomy or physics major.
"Lycoming College astronomy and physics programs emphasis lab-based instruction," said Dr. David Fisher, professor and department chair. "It helps students grasp theoretical concepts if they can see them in practice rather than just read about them in a textbook. We encourage our students to use the wide array of equipment available in their areas of interest. It can be very rewarding."
Students are also encouraged to participate in a summer National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates, or equivalent research experience, during their course of study.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.