Physics (BA/BS)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

1. Students should demonstrate a fundamental understanding of classical and modern physics

  • 1.1 Answer conceptual questions in classical mechanics, electricity & magnetism, and modern physics.
  • 1.2 Answer quantitative problems in classical mechanics, electricity & magnetism, and modern physics
  • 1.3 Apply Newton's laws, Maxwell's equations, and Schrodinger's equation as appropriate in the solution of physics problems.
  • 1.4 Demonstrate the mathematical concepts and methods appropriate for classical and modern physics.

2. Students should demonstrate advanced analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills

  • 2.1 Apply appropriate mathematical concepts and models for solving problems in classical and modern physics.
  • 2.2 Estimate and check answers to problems in order to determine reasonableness, identify alternatives, and select optimal results.
  • 2.3 Interpret mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, and schematics, and draw inferences from them.

3. Students should demonstrate communication skills, especially in scientific/technical settings

  • 3.1 Convey physics concepts to a general audience.
  • 3.2 Effectively select and use hardware, software applications, and other technologies for communication.
  • 3.3 Locate research results by searching electronic and traditional databases.
  • 3.4 Present research in a form consistent with the AIP style manual.

4. Students should demonstrate experimental skills in basic and applied research

  • 4.1 Analyze experimental results and draw reasonable conclusions from them.
  • 4.2 Construct and assemble experimental apparatuses to conduct experiments that decisively test a hypothesis.
  • 4.3 Identify and assess sources of experimental uncertainty and error.
  • 4.4 Interpret experimental data to make meaningful comparisons between experiment and theory.

5. Students should demonstrate skills appropriate for the field of science and/or engineering at the entry level in industry, government, or academia

  • 5.1 Apply their physics experience and knowledge to analyze new situations.
  • 5.2 Demonstrate proficiency in standard software tools (Excel, Word, Graphical Analysis, etc.) for modeling, data analysis, and report writing.
  • 5.3 Identify and use standard laboratory equipment and instrumentation.