Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University
offers a BS degree in Applied Physics with a concentration in astronomy
For the undergraduate degree, in addition to the basic required physics
courses, the student will take courses in introductory astronomy, observational
astronomy techniques, astrophysics, and celestial mechanics. The astronomy
concentration is designed to provide a strong background in physics, astronomy,
and mathematics. In addition, the student will gain skills in computing,
image processing, data acquisition, and electronics. The astronomy program
emphasizes optical observations and makes use of the observatory's two facilities.
The on-campus Rankin Science Observatory
(RSO) is located on the roof of the Rankin Science building and is used
by students in the Introductory Astronomy and Observational Astronomy courses,
as well as for work in senior seminar . The new GoTo
Lab Facility will offer Meade 10-inch GoTo telescopes, with STV Intensified
CCDs. Advanced students use the new DFM Engineering 16- inch telescope in
the dome, with SBIG CCD and SBIG spectrograph.