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BS Physics

A) Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the foundations in physics (classical mechanics, computational physics, electricity and magnetism, modern physics, waves and optics, and quantum mechanics) by demonstrating competence in the major through appropriate homework assignments and examinations, particularly in their upper-level physics courses. Homework assignments within this learning outcome refer specifically to more traditional forms of mathematical and problem solving activities common to all physics classes (including lower-level introductory classes).

B) Students will be able to competently solve appropriate problems in upper level physics courses using increasingly important computational and mathematical tools, such as Mathematica. Specific courses include but are not limited to:

  • Phys 351 (Waves and Optics),
  • Phys 360 (Astrophysics),
  • Phys 370 (Modern Physics),
  • Phys 380 (Mathematical and Computational Physics),
  • Phys 396 (Special Topics in Physics),
  • Phys 430 (Classical Mechanics),
  • Phys 440 (Experimental Physics),
  • Phys 450 (Electricity and Magnetism),
  • Phys 460 (Statistical Mechanics),
  • Physics 470 (Introduction to Quantum Mechanics),
  • Phys 480 (Capstone Seminar),
  • Phys 490 (Independent Study Projects in Physics).

C) Students will be able to demonstrate competency in experimental design and scientific data collection and analysis.

D) Students will be able to demonstrate competency in their understanding of scientific information, both orally and in writing.

E) Upon taking the foundational courses in physics (classical mechanics, computational physics, electricity and magnetism, modern physics, waves and optics, and quantum mechanics) students will be able to integrate competently the knowledge and skills acquired in the major and have adequate preparation to succeed in post-undergraduate studies or a professional career.