Physics + Astronomy

What is that? That is a mass on a spring, which is commonly used to represent simple harmonic oscillatory motion. Harmonic oscillation is a fundamental concept that is found in a vast array of disciplines, from electromagnetic radiation to quantum physics. In astronomy, for example, harmonic oscillation behavior can be used to model solar activity cycles.

The Physics and Astronomy department at Vassar College offers students an engaging learning environment consisting of a rigorous program of study augmented by a diverse research agenda. The department faculty are dedicated to exploring innovative and effective teaching strategies, and developing a strong research program aimed at providing ample opportunity for undergraduate students to have hands-on experience with the scientific discovery process. Students in the department are adequately prepared for the pursuit of graduate studies as well as other pursuits in such areas as engineering and medicine.