Mission

A graduate majoring in physics should have a working understanding and knowledge of fundamental areas in physics.
  • Explain and present using problem solutions the principles, laws, and basic concepts of the following areas of physics at the introductory level: fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, special relativity, atomic and nuclear physics. 
  • Explain and present using problem solutions the principles, laws, and basic concepts of the following areas of physics at the advanced level: classical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, and quantum mechanics.
A graduate majoring in physics should have a working understanding and knowledge of mathematics along with computational skills necessary for advanced work in physics.
  • Explain and present using problem solutions the principles and basic concepts of calculus as well as differential equations.
  • Apply graphical analysis, analytic approximations, and complex numbers in solving physics problems. 
  • Solve physics problems utilizing computer computations. 
A graduate majoring in physics should have competence in experimental physics.
  • Conduct classic experiments illustrating key discoveries and fundamental techniques.
  • Design experiments to test theoretical results and models.
  • Acquire the ability to operate a variety of laboratory equipment.
  • Use the computer in the collection and statistical analysis of experimental data.
A graduate majoring in physics should have the ability to communicate effectively – written and verbal.
  • Use appropriate technical vocabulary and mathematical notation as related to physics. 
  • Present (orally and written) the solutions to physics problems and results of experimental/theoretical investigations.
  • Lead class discussions.
A graduate majoring in physics should have The skills to work critically, creatively, and effectively in a research-learning environment.
  • Recognize how to frame a problem so that physics can be brought to bear on it (e.g., identify assumptions, outline a strategy for solution). 
  • Demonstrate ability to use resource materials (e.g., journals)
  • Exhibit skills to work with others, and the ability to seek out help and provide assistance when needed.