Learning Outcomes

 

For students taking physics classes

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to think critically and to use appropriate concepts to analyze qualitatively problems or situations involving physics.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate mathematical techniques and concepts to obtain quantitative solutions to problems in physics.
  • In courses involving laboratory, the student will demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze data and to prepare coherent reports of his or her findings.

For physics majors

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to use appropriate computing tools to solve problems encountered in course work or in supervised study.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to synthesize appropriate theoretical physics concepts and mathematical methods from different courses in the solution of problems.
  • The student will successfully progress through a rigorous series of physics major courses comparably equal in scope and challenge to those taken by physics majors at peer institutions.
  • If working on a research project, the student will demonstrate the ability to perform a literature search, to make use of appropriate computational or laboratory skills, and to make an effective written or oral presentation of the results of the project.
  • The student will be able to design and carry out experimental investigations, analyze data with appropriate treatment of errors and uncertainties, and form conclusions based on the data and analysis.
  • The student will be able to discuss orally or in writing ethical issues that relate to physics.