Academics

Program Learning Outcomes

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Physics

Bachelor of Arts

Undergraduate physicists develop an appropriate knowledge of the foundations of the field, an ability to theoretically model and experimentally explore physical systems, and the ability to communicate scientific work and findings. By graduation, B.A. students are intended to develop to an advanced level in Communication and either Theoretical or Experimental.

Knowledge - Students will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of physics which include mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics.

Theoretical-Analytical - Students will competently apply this knowledge and analyze physical systems by constructing mathematical models in which they identify the essential aspects of a problem, formulate a strategy for solution, make appropriate approximations, evaluate the correctness of their solution, and communicate their work clearly.

Computational - Students will use basic computational techniques for modeling physical systems including those that don't have analytical answers.

Experimental - Students will systematically explore physical phenomena by setting up experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting their results..

Communication - Students will communicate physics concepts, processes, and results effectively, both verbally and in writing.

Bachelor of Science

Undergraduate physicists develop an appropriate knowledge of the foundations of the field, an ability to theoretically model and experimentally explore physical systems, and the ability to communicate scientific work and findings. By graduation, B.S. students are intended to develop to an advanced level on all fronts, suitable for entry to a graduate program in physics.

Knowledge - Students will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of physics which include mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and quantum mechanics.

Theoretical-Analytical- Students will competently apply this knowledge and analyze physical systems by constructing mathematical models in which they identify the essential aspects of a problem, formulate a strategy for solution, make appropriate approximations, evaluate the correctness of their solution, and communicate their work clearly.

Computational - Students will use basic computational techniques for modeling physical systems including those that don't have analytical answers.

Experimental Students will systematically explore physical phenomena by setting up experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting their results.

Communication - Students will communicate physics concepts, processes, and results effectively, both verbally and in writing.

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Learning outcomes for all graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences


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