College of Science

Mission Statement and Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Department of Physics and Astronomy is to provide rigorous education in Physics and Astronomy and to propagate the joy of physics through its diverse faculty who are active teacher-scholars contributing to their respective research fields. We create and maintain programs that many times transcend disciplinary boundaries and provide active classroom and laboratory experiences for our students to have successful research, industrial, and teaching careers. (Approved December 14, 2015)

Basic Student Learning Outcomes:

LO-1: A basic appreciation and understanding of the fundamental physical principles governing the mechanics of solids and fluids, oscillations and waves, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, atomic molecular, and nuclear physics, and of the main concepts used for the description and elucidation of these topics.

LO-2: Development of conceptual and mathematical skills necessary for the solution of physics problems and of an ability to simplify problems by using appropriate models.

LO-3: Ability to (safely) work with experimental apparatus to make accurate physical measurements (presented in appropriate units), and to understand the limitations of various measuring devices, with particular emphasis on how measurement uncertainties propagate to yield uncertainties in derived results.

LO-4: Ability to communicate an understanding of fundamental physics principles, of problem solving strategies, and of analyses of experimental data and the inherent uncertainties.

Program Assessment