Physics B.S. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a quality education that prepares students for the challenges and opportunities presented by our modern technical society. Rigorous classroom instruction and laboratory experiences using modern equipment and computers provide broad insight into nature and technology

We seek to provide forefront research opportunities and experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students, and to address state and national priorities in competitive research programs.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamental laws of classical and modern physics.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Graduate school admission test scores
  • Written and publicly presented senior research project
  • Student feedback.
Assessment Method
  • GRE exam scores
  • Faculty committee will evaluate and rate student senior theses and oral presentations. (rubric)
  • Student exit interviews.

2. Students will be able to report and communicate the results of experimental/theoretical investigation and research.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Laboratory reports from introductory, intermediate, advanced labs.
  • Written and publically presented senior thesis.
  • Student feedback.
  • Research and practical internships and experiences.
Assessment Method
  • The Physics undergraduate studies committee will review student portfolios annually. (rubric)
  • The undergraduate committee review senior theses and oral presentations. (rubric)
  • Student exit interviews.
  • Student opportunities, awards, papers, presentations, posters, and supervisory evaluations.

3. Students will be able to demonstrate appropriate quantitative and analytical skills.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Graduate schools admission test scores.
  • Term papers, tests, and homework assignments from selected upper division courses.
Assessment Method
  • GRE exam scores
  • Members of the Physics Undergraduate Studies Committee will review student portfolios annually. (rubric)