Learning Goals & Outcomes

Program Goals

  1. Construct arguments using a logical progression of steps from premise to conclusion.
  2. Construct models and realize the limitation of those models.
  3. Communicate with clear and concise expression.
  4. Extrapolate and apply current knowledge to new situations.
  5. Address complex issues that require a synthesis of knowledge of seemingly unconnected areas of physics.
  6. Acquire a propensity to look beyond ‘common sense’ solutions and to apply critical thought to problems.
  7. Synthesize and integrate conceptual information and mathematical skills.

General Education / Liberal Education Requirements (College Goals) 

  1. Students must demonstrate proficiency in written communication.
  2. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level.
  3. Students must become informed global citizens and gain intercultural awareness through a study abroad experience.
  4. Students must become acquainted with different ages, societies, and cultures and learn how to use a variety of historical sources.
  5. Students must be able to reason abstractly and appreciate the elegance of abstract structure.
  6. Students must understand the methods of scientific discovery and experimental design.
  7. Students must acquire problem-solving and research capability by identifying, locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.
  8. Students must be able to analyze and understand the creative process, assimilate experience, and communicate it.
  9. Students must be able to interpret words, images, objects, and/or actions that are expressions of human culture.
  10. Students must understand the complex nature of social structures and/or human relationships that involve issues of inequality and difference.
  11. Students must explore ecological, policy, social, cultural, and/or historical dimensions of human relationship to the environment.

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