Physics is an international science, so Goucher's study abroad requirement is a natural part of your education. International studies opportunities in physics and astronomy are available through semester or yearlong programs at the University of Sussex (UK), or through a three-week intensive program studying astronomy in Granada, Spain.
The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow is one of the UK's leading schools in both research and undergraduate education. Goucher students can attend any classes at the University and keep current with their required Physics and Astronomy requirements for their major. Students with Sophomore standing wishing to travel abroad should consult with the Department Chair. Students with Junior or Senior standing can use the following table as a guide for available courses and their translation to Goucher Physics requirements.
|Goucher Course||Glasgow Course Name||Catalog Number||Semester Offered|
|Phy 280||Math Methods 1||Phys4011/3021||Fall|
|Waves and Diffraction||Phys4031/3037||Fall|
|Phy 350||Quantum Mechanics||Phys4025/3031||Spring|
|Phy 300||Thermal Physics||Phys4030/3036||Spring|
|Phy 301||Electromagnetic Theory 1||Phys4004/3011||Spring|
|Solid State Physics||Phys4028||Fall|
|Nuclear & Particle Physics||Phys4015||Fall|
|Phy 310||Circuits & Systems||Phys4003/3008||Fall|
|Physics 3 Lab||Phys4009/3017||Fall|
|Physics 3 Computational Lab||Phys4008/3016||Fall|
|Lasers & Non-Linear Optics||Phys4014/3024||Spring|
|Energy & The Environment||Phys4006||Fall|
|Stellar Structure & Evolution||ASTRO4009/3012||Year-long, odd years|
|High-Energy Astrophysics||ASTRO4008/3009||Year-long, odd years|
|Galaxies||ASTRO4005/3036||Year-long, odd years|
|Circumstellar Matter||ASTRO4010/3011||Year-long, odd years|
|Instruments for Optical/Radio Astronomy||ASTRO4010/3007||Year-long, even years|
|Cosmology||ASTRO4013/3003||Year-long, even years|
|Astrophysical Data Analysis||ASTRO4013/3003||Year-long, even years|
|Exploring Planetary Systems||ASTRO4007/3008||Year-long, even years|
|Astro Skills 1||ASTRO4003P/3005||Year-long|
|Astro Lab Project 1||ASTRO4001P/3004||Year-long|
Notes: Students can participate in collaborative research projects with faculty by request. Typically, Glasgow students perform research projects during the Spring semester. Goucher students will be allowed to enter year-long courses in the spring term, if need be.
This program allows students to enroll in math or physics courses at the University of Sussex, which was voted England's "Best Place to Be" in World University Rankings 2008 for its highly innovative and engaging courses, state-of-the-art resources, and prime location.
An interdisciplinary exploration of science and language, this intensive course abroad integrates classes at Goucher in astronomy and Spanish with a three-week trip to Granada, Spain, a city well-known for its outstanding astronomical observatories.
By studying abroad, Goucher students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Visit the Office of International Studies website for more information.