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Department of

Physics and Biophysics

Learning Outcomes

Physics Major Program Goals:

Goal 1: Physics Content Knowledge

  • Learn the core theories and principles of physics.
  • Learn how the core principles of physics are applied to modern areas of physics research.

Goal 2: Skills in the Discipline

  • Learn methods of experimental physics.
  • Learn methods of data analysis for experimental data.
  • Develop communication skills, including writing across the physics curriculum and scientific presentation skills.

Goal 3: Life-long Learning

  • Develop the ability to critically evaluate theories, methods, principles, and applications of pure and applied science.
  • Develop the ability to analyze both old and new technologies in terms of their underlying theoretical and applied physics.

Physics Major Program Learning Outcomes:

Throughout the program and especially at the time of graduation -

  • Physics majors should have a thorough knowledge and comprehension of the core concepts of classical and modern physics.
  • Physics majors should have a set of fundamental skills that can be applied to a variety of situations, including a) writing skills; b) presentation skills; c) laboratory skills; d) computer skills; and e) problem-solving skills.
  • Physics majors should be adequately trained to apply their physics experience and knowledge to analyze new situations.
  • Physics majors understand and articulate the nature of science, and its development through the scientific method.