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The graduating Physics minor will:

  • have a knowledge of and an ability to apply calculus, linear algebra, and statistical methods to the solution of chemical and physics related problems
  • have an understanding of the applications and principles of calculus-based physics to the analysis of systems
  • have the ability to characterize systems, including the ability to systematically acquire, analyze, and interpret data
  • have the ability to recognize, formulate, and model processes with the primary intent of recommending and implementing process improvement
  • be able to effectively serve on interdisciplinary teams and, in many cases, be capable of leading / facilitating these teams
  • understand that physics is a professions imposing significant social and ethical responsibilities with global implications that must be effectively addressed
  • have the ability to evaluate, select and use the modern computer and information technology tools and techniques required for professional practice in the physics
  • understand the major concepts and assumptions of physics as it relates the physical and life sciences to technology and society
  • understand the principles of physics, procedures of inquiry, and scientific dispositions, and learning experiences that make these aspects of the subject matter meaningful
  • understand the importance of developing critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills as related to the profession
  • understand the role of communication and the use of knowledge of effective verbal and nonverbal techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the field
  • understand the meaning of life-long learning, and foster relationships with colleagues and agencies in the larger community to develop professionally