Wherever you look, and whatever object you use, you see and feel physics at work! Physics describes phenomena as diverse as the evolution of the cosmos, the motion of planets and stars, the behavior of gases, liquids, polymers and solids, down to the world of molecules, atoms, nuclei and elementary particles. Physics is thus devoted to the study of all forms of matter and energy and their interactions.
Understanding the basic concepts in physics helps to make sense of the occurrences we observe in the world in which we live. Studying physics has also a practical value as it aims at developing critical thinking and acquiring tools to address scientific and technological problems encountered in industry or in fundamental research. These goals are reached in the department through
teaching and research involving active student participation.
As a major in our Department, you will learn mathematical and computational, experimental and instrumental skills that will serve you well in any occupation you choose. Our master's program offers many professional opportunities from high school and community college teachers, to the involvement in high-tech companies or the pursuit of a doctoral degree. A significant percentage of our students find their way to major doctoral programs. You will also have various opportunities to participate in the active research of our faculty during your undergraduate and graduate years at the department.
The primary focus of our department is to form and train students through teaching and participation in research so as to become knowledgeable physicists capable of investing their talents into the life of our society. This goal is achieved in two ways. On the one hand we offer a wide variety of courses at all levels allowing students to receive an academically strong physics education. On the other hand we involve students early on in the active research of our faculty, thereby training them to apply their knowledge to concrete scientific problems. The department offers small classes that allow frequent student-faculty interactions. The participation in research projects is also done in close collaboration with the faculty. For graduate students, that involvement culminates in a research-based Master's thesis. In addition, it is not uncommon to find students as co-authors of scientific papers (see the publication list of the department).
|Programs||Goals & Learning Outcomes|
|BS or general MS Physics Program||Graduates in these degree programs should have mastered the formal theoretical techniques and advanced experimental techniques that are commonly expected for students entering or in graduate studies in physics or related fields. Graduates in these degree programs should be able to apply their knowledge to solve state of the art problems at the appropriate level of their preparation, either acting individually, or, when appropriate, as part of a team.|
|These outcomes share much with outcomes described above for the BS
and general MS programs. Graduates of the Applied Physics MS program
should have a broad physics education that will allow them to succeed in
areas where uses of experimental equipment, the acquisition/analysis of
data, and the uses of computational physics are important. These degree
programs emphasize special skills in various areas of physics that some
graduates may need to be successful.
|Graduates of the BA program should have a broad education that will
allow them to succeed in diverse fields such as elementary and secondary
school teaching, business, law, medicine, science writing, and many other
careers for which a quantitative scientific education has a positive value.