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Department of Physics

Learning Outcomes

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The Department of Physics curriculum is designed to help our students achieve the following learning outcomes upon graduation:

  • demonstrate a broad understanding of classical and quantum physical principles;
  • understand and articulate current prominent research questions in physics;
  • structure and implement independent inquiry on substantive questions in physics;
  • communicate research results in a scientifically appropriate manner;
  • demonstrate a level of knowledge and research skills level sufficient to compete successfully for admission to graduate programs.

The department will assess our majors’ learning outcomes, and modify the curriculum as appropriate, on a yearly basis in order to help students better achieve these goals.

At the completion of graduate studies, the student should have developed the following:

  • comprehensive knowledge of the basic fields of physics
  • detailed knowledge of specific field(s) of physics
  • ability to do research in a specific area of physics
  • ability to communicate effectively about research and general topics in physics
  • ability to teach and to explain concepts in physics to students and to others
  • freadiness to enter a career in physics research, teaching  or related professions

The department will assess our students learning outcomes, and modify the program as appropriate, on a yearly basis in order to help students better achieve these goals.