Skip Navigation

Learning Goals for Undergraduates - Physics & Astronomy

B.S. Program

Students graduating with this degree should have achieved the following goals, which will prepare students for entry and success in graduate programs and/or direct entry into the workforce as scientific/technical professionals:

  • An ability to apply physics and mathematics to identify, formulate, and solve physics problems;
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments and to analyze and interpret data;
  • An ability to use techniques, skills, and instrumentation necessary for modern physics practice including computer techniques (simulations, mathematics, data acquisition and analysis);
  • An ability to communicate effectively in oral and written presentations;
  • An ability to read and understand the physics literature.

B.A. Program

Students graduating with this degree should have developed:

  • An ability to apply physics and mathematics to identify, formulate, and solve physics problems;
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments and to analyze and interpret data;
  • An ability to use techniques, skills, and instrumentation necessary for modern physics practice including computer techniques (simulations, mathematics, data acquisition and analysis);
  • An ability to communicate effectively in oral and written presentations;
  • A broad educational background that provides the basis for contributing as a global citizen.


Back to Learning Goals for Undergraduates