Physics

Majors Program - Goals and Learning Objectives

It is the intent of the faculty that graduates of our program should be well prepared for their next career step, be it graduate school or immediate employment. The program of study for has therefore been structured to develop the understanding and skills listed in the table below.


GOALS

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

PHYS COURSES

OTHERS

1. Provide students with physics knowledge needed to begin their careers or to enter graduate school.

1.1. Students will understand the foundational concepts of classical physics at the introductory level, as evidenced by the qualitative analysis and explanation of phenomena in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and optics

PHYS 2110, 2120, 2111, 2121

1.2. Students will understand the main concepts in the major areas of physics at the intermediate/advanced undergraduate level, as evidenced by the qualitative analysis and explanation of phenomena in:

a. Modern Physics

b. Classical Mechanics

c. Electricity and magnetism

d. Quantum mechanics

e. Thermodynamics

PHYS 2420, 3120, 3610, 3810, 3820, 4610, 4620, 4710, 4720 1

2. Provide students with the analytical and problem solving skills needed to begin their careers or to enter graduate school

2.1. Students will demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills at the introductory level, as evidenced by problem solving in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and optics

PHYS 2110, 2120

MATH 1910, 1920

2.2. Students will demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills at the intermediate/ advanced undergraduate level, as evidenced by problem solving in

a. Modern Physics

b. Classical Mechanics

c. Electricity and magnetism

d. Quantum mechanics

e. Thermodynamics

f. Computational physics

PHYS 2420, 2920, 3120, 3610, 3810, 3820, 4130 1,4610,
4620

MATH 2110, 2120, 3470, 4510, 3810 1

3. Provide students with the laboratory skills needed to begin their careers or to enter graduate school

3.1. Students will learn basic laboratory skills and experimental techniques by carrying out experiments in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and optics at the introductory level.

PHYS 2111, 2121

3.2. Students will learn basic techniques for data representation, analysis, and interpretation by working with data from experiments in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and optics at the introductory level.

PHYS 2111, 2121

3.3 Students will learn the roles of hypotheses, measurement and analysis in the development of scientific theory at the advanced level as evidenced by laboratory reports.

PHYS 4710, 4720 1

3.4. Students will learn advanced laboratory skills and experimental techniques by carrying out experiments at the intermediate/ advanced level in

a. Modern Physics

b. Classical Mechanics

c. Electricity and magnetism

d. Quantum mechanics

e. Thermodynamics

f. Computational physics

PHYS 4130, 4710, 4720 1

MATH 3470

4. Provide students with the communication skills needed to begin their careers or to enter graduate school.

4.1. Students will learn how to write a laboratory report.

PHYS 4710, 4720 1

4.2. Students will learn how to make a brief oral presentation.

PHYS 4710, 4720 1

PC 2500

5. Provide students with the requisite computer skills needed to begin their careers or to enter graduate school.

5.1. Students will use a variety of software packages and techniques to solve analytic and numerical problems, and present data in a wide variety of formats and contexts. Students will learn advanced computational methods and practices though a dedicated computational physics course.

PHYS 2420, 2920, 3120, 3610, 3810, 3820, 4130 1, 4610, 4620, 4710, 47201

CSC 2100, 3020


1 Required for Option 1 only. PHYS 4130, PHYS 4720, and MATH 3810 are not required for Option II. Students in Option II will select an approved program of at least 14 semester hours in other areas of science or engineering.