2016-2017 Catalog

Physics Learning Goals


Field Knowledge:

A thorough knowledge, both descriptive and quantitative of the principles and methods of

the field including an understanding of the questions addressed by this discipline, an

appreciation for the historical development of the field and an understanding of the

limitations inherent in its study.


Problem solving:

An ability to interpret and solve theoretical and applied problems using established or

new techniques.


Lab skills:

The acquisition of a complete set of laboratory skills including the ability to collect and

analyze data using a variety of instrumental and computational techniques and to work

cooperatively with their peers, as well as an understanding of the applicability of each

technique to a particular problem.


Research skills:

The ability to plan and carry out research using proper methods including the use of the

scientific literature to obtain information.



The ability to clearly and correctly communicate scientific results and concepts in both

spoken and written form.



The ability to use proper safety measures, to recognize and avoid hazards, and to

recognize, handle and properly dispose of hazardous materials.



An understanding of the ethical responsibilities of a physicist/chemist including the

importance of honesty in all scientific endeavors and the consideration of the social and

environmental ramifications of their field.