Department Contact Information

Physics Department

Location: 180-204
Phone: (805) 756-2448
Fax: (805) 756-2435
Email: physics@calpoly.edu
Chair: Robert Echols

 

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Department Mission and Assessment

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Our Mission is to provide the highest possible educational experience in physics and the physical sciences for:

  • Students majoring in physics
  • Students minoring in astronomy, geology, or physics
  • Students taking service courses as a prerequisite for their majors
  • Students fulfilling general education requirements
 
Our goals
  1. Students graduating with a B.S. or B.A. in Physics should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate a good understanding of both the theoretical concepts and mathematical techniques of the major fields of physics: classical mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and quantum physics.
    2. Work safely with modern laboratory equipment to carry out measurements and analyze data.
    3. Use computers to perform numerical computations, to simulate physical phenomena, and to collect and analyze data in the laboratory.
    4. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
    5. Move successfully into graduate school or industry.
  2. Students minoring in astronomy, geology, or physics should be able to
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of both the theoretical concepts and mathematical techniques appropriate to their minor.
    2. Relate the content of the minor to their major field of study.
  3. Students taking service courses (PHYS 121-122-123 and PHYS 131/141-132-133) should be able to
    1. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the topics of introductory physics.
    2. Solve problems in introductory physics.
    3. Carry out basic science experiments and analyze scientific data.
    4. Successfully apply physics knowledge in their major fields of study.
  4. Students taking General Education courses in physics, astronomy, geology, and physica science should be able to
    1. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the subject matter of their course.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning and the scientific method.
  5. Faculty members in the physics department should
    1. Keep up to date in their fields of expertise.
    2. Have opportunities and facilities for professional and scholarly activities.

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