Learning Objectives for Majors in Physics & Astronomy

Learning Objectives

Students graduating with a major in physics will:

LO 1: Be proficient in the core areas of physics including classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and modern physics

LO 2: Have knowledge of mathematics up to and including partial differential equations, and have the ability to apply this knowledge to problems in physics

LO3: Have experience with modern laboratory methods, including experimental design and error analysis

LO4: Have basic scientific computing skills, and an awareness of modern numerical techniques

LO5: Be able to communicate clearly and effectively, both in written and oral form

LO6: Be able to solve non-traditional problems that potentially draw on knowledge in multiple areas of physics

In addition, students with a minor in astronomy will:

LO7: Be able to apply their physics and mathematics skills to problems in the areas of planetary science, stellar and galactic astrophysics, and cosmology

LO8: Have experience with modern data collection and analysis techniques in astronomy

Assessment Measures

The Department of Physics and Astronomy uses the following assessment measures to ensure that our undergraduate curriculum is meeting the desired learning objectives.

AM1: Examinations, problem sets, and semester projects designed to test student knowledge of material, and the ability to solve problems

AM2: Written and oral laboratory and project reports that test both content knowledge and communication skills

AM3: The department also tracks first employment and graduate school placement of students after completion of the undergraduate degree.