College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences2021-2022

Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science

Physics, Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

The B.S. in Physics program is designed to prepare students for a career in a technical field or for graduate studies in physics.
Physics Content
Students will have an understanding of the laws of physics in the areas of:

  • classical mechanics
  • electricity and magnetism
  • special relativity
  • waves
  • optics
  • atomic physics
  • nuclear physics
  • quantum mechanics
  • thermodynamics
  • statistical mechanics

Laboratory Skills 
Students will :
  • understand how to take good data with increasingly sophisticated equipment in introductory, intermediate, and advanced physics laboratories
  • know how to identify random and systematic errors, and propagate errors
  • be able to synthesize an appropriate conclusion from an experiment

Computational Skills
Students will:
  • be able to apply mathematical tools such as elementary probability theory, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, differential and integral calculus, vector calculus, ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, and linear algebra to solve physics problems
  • become proficient in a computing language such as MATLAB
  • be able to write code in a computing language in order to explain or predict the behavior of a complex physical system

Problem Solving Skills
Students will develop problem-solving capacities. In particular, a student will be able to:
  • ascertain the known and unknown aspects of a problem
  • describe the fundamental physical principles in the problem
  • articulate a pathway toward solving the problem
  • successfully follow the path and solve the problem

Communication Skills
Students will be able to:
  • clearly communicate and defend their work in verbal, written, and visual formats to scientific and non-scientific audiences

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