Student Learning Outcomes

A student completing our program should be able to: 

Student Learning Outcome 1

Recognize and Apply the basic laws of physics in the following core areas: Classical Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, Quantum Mechanics, Relativity, Thermodynamics, and Statistical Mechanics.


Student Learning Outcome 2

Interpret, Apply, Analyze, and Evaluate laboratory experimental techniques to test physical theories and perform important measurements.


Student Learning Outcome 3 

Apply the basic mathematical tools that are widely used in physics which allow practical solutions to the laws of nature. These include differential and integral calculus, vector calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations, linear algebra, and matrix representations.


Student Learning Outcome 4 

Demonstrate a strong set of problem-solving skills. This includes the ability to solve scenarios not previously encountered, using the tool-set and experience they have gained during their physics education. Part of this is the ability to make connections between the different areas of physics and to know the circumstances under which reasonable approximations can be made.


Student Learning Outcome 5

Communicate scientific concepts and results including both written and oral communication.  Key important skills are the ability to gather and analyze information from the scientific literature, summarize clearly any experimental findings, and to put the work in a wider context.