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Physics: Graduate Programs

Overview: 

The Physics Department offers two degree programs: a Ph.D. in Physics and a Professional Science Masters (PSM) degree specializing in Medical Physics.  There is no official M.S. in Physics program however the degree is often awarded during work towards the Ph.D. in Physics.  Since the Ph.D. program is the primary graduate program, the outcomes and assessment refer to this program.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Program Outcomes

The graduate physics degree program should ensure that students attain the following outcomes upon completion of their degree:

  • Physics Ph.D.'s should have deep knowledge of the theories that form the basis of classical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics.  Additionally, they should have extensive knowledge of one or more specialized fields such as condensed matter physics, AMO physics, biophysics, astrophysics, nuclear physics or particle physics. 
  • Physics Ph.D.'s in experimental subfields should be able to design and conduct original experiments in order to investigate physical phenomena.   They should be able to analyze data and publish these results in scientific journals.
  • Physics Ph.D's in theoretical subfields should be able to construct orginal theories in order to explain or predict physical phenomena.  They should be able to describe and publish their work in scientific journals. 
  • Physics Ph.D.'s should be prepared to follow a career path towards quality positions in academia or assume leading technical roles in a variety of industries.

Program Outcome Assessment

  • Knowledge of the core disciplines (classical mechanics, electromagetism, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics) is assessed through the use of student performance in the classroom, written and oral comprehensive exams, and instructor reflection.
  • Student ability to design and conduct orignal experiments experiments is assessed through their publication or presentation record and their interaction with their advisor.
  • Student ability to create original theoretical work is assessed through their publication or presentation record and their interaction with their advisor.
  • Student ability to successfully compete for positions in academia or industry is assessed through exit surveys and information provided by the student's advisor.
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Updated date: Fri, 03/02/2012 - 09:55