Expected Student Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the physics major, students will be able to:
- Think critically and logically and use the scientific method in their future investigations.
- Understand and apply knowledge of various subfields of physics at the undergraduate level and make a successful transition to technical fields, including engineering, teaching, business, and graduate studies.
- Effectively communicate their results orally and in writing.
- Learn independently, locate and use appropriate sources of technical material and make use of modern scientific and computational tools.
Outcomes Assessment Activities
The Physics Program faculty will assess the skills, capacities, and knowledge of its majors as follows:
- The student must complete a senior research project including a formal presentation of results both in writing and orally to at least two members of the physics faculty (except for those in the teaching emphasis areas).
- The student must take the Physics Major Field Achievement Test offered by The Educational Testing Services (ETS) or another departmentally approved exam covering the sub-fields in physics at some point during his/her senior year (except for those in the teaching emphasis areas).
- By maintaining a portfolio for each student which contains college grades, records of special skills acquired, senior research project results, Field Achievement Test results and a record of co-curricular activities. The portfolio will remain on file in the department and will be added to as additional information is obtained from student or employer.
The program faculty believes that improvement in the skills, capacities, and knowledge of its minors can be assessed through required course work. The course grade will be a measure of the student’s grasp of the basics in each discipline.
- Students graduating with a BS in physics must have at least a 2.000 grade-point average in physics courses and no more than four credits in physics with grades of D.
- Students graduating with a minor in physics must have at least a 2.000 grade-point average in physics.
- A 2.500 grade-point average in the major area is required for admission to the teacher education program.
- At least 12 physics credits applied to the major (seven for minor) must be earned at CSU-Pueblo with a C or better average.
- Students must have earned a C or better grade in lower-division prerequisite courses before being admitted to upper-division courses in physics.
- In all but the teaching emphasis areas, students must demonstrate knowledge of computer programming.
- In all but the teaching emphasis areas, majors are required to take the senior research course, in which students become involved in a theoretical or experimental research problem relating to physics under the supervision of a department faculty member.
- A fundamental understanding of chemistry and its lab techniques is required of all majors.
Institutional and General Education
Please refer to the General Education Requirements in the Academic Policies section of this catalog or refer to your individual department’s curriculum sheet.
Specific Requirements for the Physics Emphasis
|GENERAL PHYSICS I|
and GENERAL PHYSICS I LAB
|GENERAL PHYSICS II|
and GENERAL PHYSICS II LAB
|PHYS 301||ANALYTICAL AND ORBITAL MECHANICS||4|
|PHYS 322||ADVANCED LABORATORY - THERMO||1|
|GENERAL PHYSICS III|
and GENERAL PHYSICS III LAB
|PHYS 342||ADVANCED LABORATORY-OPTICS||1|
|PHYS 431||ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM||4|
|PHYS 432||ADVANCED LABORATORY-ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM||1|
|PHYS 441||QUANTUM MECHANICS||4|
|PHYS 480||PRACTICUM IN LABORATORY INSTRUCTION||1|
|PHYS 499||THESIS RESEARCH||1|
|Other Required Courses|
|GENERAL CHEMISTRY I|
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
|GENERAL CHEMISTRY II|
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
|MATH 242||INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTATION||3-4|
|or EN 103||PROBLEM SOLVING FOR ENGINEERS|
|MATH 126||CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I||5|
|MATH 207||MATRIX AND VECTOR ALGEBRA WITH APPLICATIONS||3|
|MATH 224||CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY II||5|
|MATH 325||INTERMEDIATE CALCULUS||4|
|MATH 337||DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS I||3|
|MATH 338||DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS II||3|
|Approved Math Elective|
|Select 3-4 credits||3-4|
|Select 24 credits||24|
|Select 15-17 credits||15-17|
The general education requirement for graduation includes a total of 35 semester credits in two categories: Skills Component and Knowledge Component. Please see the General Education Requirement section under Academic Policies for more information.
Disclaimer: The Planning Sheet is designed as a guide for student's planning their course selections. The information on this page provides only a suggested schedule. Actual course selections should be made with the advice and consent of an academic advisor. While accurately portraying the information contained in the college catalog, this form is not considered a legal substitute for that document. Students should become familiar with the catalog in effect at the time in which they entered the institution.
|General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
|ENG 101||Rhetoric & Writing I||3|
|MATH 126||Calculus and Analytic Geometry I||5|
|ENG 102||Rhetoric & Writing II||3|
|MATH 207||Matrix and Vector Algebra with Applications||3|
|MATH 224||Calculus and Analytic Geometry II||5|
|General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
or EN 103
|Introduction to Computation
or Problem Solving for Engineers
|MATH 325||Intermediate Calculus||4|
|General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
|General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
|MATH 337||Differential Equations I||3|
|General Physics III
and General Physics III Lab
|MATH 338||Differential Equations II||3|
|PHYS 342||Advanced Laboratory-Optics||1|
|PHYS 301||Analytical and Orbital Mechanics||4|
|PHYS 322||Advanced Laboratory - Thermo||1|
|PHYS 431||Electricity and Magnetism||4|
|PHYS 432||Advanced Laboratory-Electricity and Magnetism||1|
|PHYS 480||Practicum in Laboratory Instruction||1|
|Elective 3 credits must be one of the following: MATH 307, MATH 356, or MATH 425.||9-10|
|PHYS 441||Quantum Mechanics||4|
|PHYS 499||Thesis Research||1|