Learning Goals for the Physics and Astrophysics Major

1. Physics and astrophysics majors should be able to develop mathematical models to describe collected data and correctly determine whether a model appropriately describes the data. 

2. Majors should be able to write lab reports that effectively integrate text, data analysis, and graphics to explain procedures and support conclusions. 

3. Students should be able use published information from primary sources and compare and interpret this information with measured results in the lab. 

4. Majors shall create and present oral and written presentations of problem solutions or research projects in a manner that demonstrates their understanding and makes a topic accessible. 

5. Students should be able to plan out and successfully execute the solution to complex problems that require a multi-step process to solve. 

6. Students should be able to select and apply the appropriate formal mathematical techniques in solving problems in physics.