The department seeks to meet its program mission through a curriculum that emphasizes the four skill sets.

Student Learning Outcomes for the Physics Major

  1. Content Knowledge:  Students have a broad theoretical physics foundation, as well as applied mathematical and computational skills, to allow them to understand, describe, and model the natural world using conceptual, mathematical, and computational approaches.
  2. Research Skills:  Students are able to collect data using basic and advanced lab equipment, to design and implement a year-long research project, and to properly analyze and summarize large amounts of data.
  3. Communication Skills:  Students know how to effectively communicate physics knowledge in a variety of formats (including via written, visual, and oral presentation), and are able to use their communication skills to work collaboratively to solve complex problems.
Willamette University

Physics Department

Collins Science Center
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6894 voice
503-370-6773 fax

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