Program Learning Outcomes

Physics, Astrophysics and Applied Physics Majors


Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate proficiency in mathematics and the mathematical concepts needed for a proper understanding of physics.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of classical and quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and electromagnetism.
  3. Students will show that they have learned laboratory skills, enabling them to take measurements in a physics laboratory and analyze the measurements to draw valid conclusions.
  4. Students will communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and will prove that they can think critically and work independently while doing their senior thesis.
  5. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of various aspects of astronomy. (Astrophysics major only.)


Curriculum Matrix


I=Introduced, P=Practiced, D=Demonstrated

[1]    PHYS 135 and PHYS 136 are lab courses that specialize in techniques used in astronomy.

[2]    Assumes that curriculum change from 2-unit PHYS 5D and PHYS 101AB to 5-unit PHYS 5D and PHYS 102 is approved.