Outcomes Assessment Goals for the Physics Major / Program


The ultimate goal of the physics program is to provide a quality program including support for (1) the physics baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees (in preparation for a variety of graduate or professional degree options); (2) the BSE degree for certification in physics teaching; (3) pre-professional degree programs, especially pre-engineering; (4) the physics emphasis of the physical science MS degree; (5) the allied biological, computer, mathematical, and physical sciences degree programs; or (6) the university-wide general education program.

To that end the following specific goals are directed:
  1. To provide courses, lecture and laboratory, which are current in content, rigorous, and logically sequenced.
  2. To provide laboratory opportunities with modern equipment and technologies.
  3. To provide throughout the physics curriculum computer technology (e.g., computers) for data acquisition and analysis, and problem solving.
  4. To provide a research opportunity as a capstone for majors.
  5. To provide a supportive academic climate, including advising and mentoring (in a variety of forms).
Assessment of Goals
Assessment methods include points on the Outcomes Assessment Plan (Undergraduate), particularly:
  1. Tracking of matriculants on a semester-by-semester basis.
  2. Portfolios of student work from selected courses and the capstone research for majors.
  3. Exit questionnaires/surveys and interviews.
  4. Post-graduate information sources including placement information, alumni surveys, and other sources (e.g., GRE scores, graduate or professional school records, etc.).
  5. "Miscellaneous Indicators" including insight provided by attending meetings of, or reading publications of, professional organizations, or comparisons with courses and curricula of other institutions.