Astrophysics research

As an Astrophysics undergraduate at Rutgers University we’re very limited in the way we can narrow our field of view down to a specific topic or topics. Our undergraduate courses are geared towards showing us what is out there, what has been discovered, and what is still to come. They don’t expect us to settle down until we reach the graduate level courses, which unfortunately for me won’t be for a while. I will say I have some interesting thoughts on what I might want to study, and the professors seem to be in full support of it.

Areas of interest

  • Blackbody radiation
  • Cosmic Microwave Background
  • Observational Cosmology
  • Supermassive Blackholes at the center of our galaxy

Completed courses

I’ve spent about 4 years (well technically 5…) at Rutgers University studying Astronomy and Physics. I have enjoyed my time there, so I though I would share the following courses I have completed there. May this help some others on their way to becoming an Astrophysicist. However, I would recommend that anyone thinking about becoming an Astrophysicist take Analytical Physics instead of General Physics. It will truly prepare you better for the 300-level courses. You live and learn.

  • 750:203 – General Physics I
  • 750:204 – General Physics II
  • 750:205 – General Physics I Lab
  • 750:206 – General Physics II Lab
  • 750:341 – Principles of Astrophysics I
  • 750:342 – Principles of Astrophysics II
  • 750:343 – Observational Radio Astronomy (III)
  • 750:344 – Observational Optical Astronomy (IV)
  • 750:351 – Thermal Physics
  • 750:361 – Quantum & Atomic Particle Physics
  • 750:381 – Classical Mechanics I
  • 750:382 – Classical Mechanics II
  • 750:385 – Electromagnetism I
  • 750:386 – Electromagnetism II
  • 750:441 – Stars and Star Formation
  • 750:442 – High Energy Astrophysics and Radiative Processes
  • 640:115 – Pre-calculus
  • 640:121 – Unified Calculus I
  • 640:152 – Calculus II for Physics and Math
  • 640:244 – Differential Equations (IV)
  • 640:250 – Intro to Linear Algebra
  • 640:251 – Multivariable Calculus (III)
  • 640:421 – Advanced Calculus for Engineers (V)
  • 460:222 – Planet Mars (Geology)
  • 460:396 – Geochronology (Geology)

Spring 2008

Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics from Rutgers University.


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