# Learning Outcomes

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Students who graduate with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Physics from California State University Chico should be able to:

**Goal 1**

Demonstrate an understanding of basic and advanced concepts of classical and modern physics. These areas include, mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, waves & optics, and thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.

**Outcome 1.a **

Explain physics concepts and laws to others.

**Outcome 1.b**

Apply physics knowledge to solve real-world problems.

**Outcome 1.c**

Represent physical concepts and processes in multiple ways, including diagrams, graphs, mathematical equations, and verbal explanations.

**Goal 2 **

Employ scientific reasoning to investigate the physical world.

**Outcome 2.a**

Build a model of physical situations, including making appropriate assumptions,simpliﬁcations, estimations, and mathematical formulations. Students should also understand the limitations of these models.

**Outcome 2.b**

Design and implement experiments to empirically investigate physical phenomena including defining the problem, testing models, using instruments to make measurements, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions.

**Outcome 2.c**

Use computational methods to simulate, analyze, and present data from physical systems.

**Outcome 2.d**

Evaluate the validity of experimental and/or calculated results.

**Goal 3**

Communicate physics in a professional setting.

**Outcome 3.a **

Eﬀectively communicate their findings and thoughts in conventional scientific style, including in writing, orally, and graphically.

**Goal 4**

Demonstrate eﬀective professional workplace skills.

**Outcome 4.a**

Work productively in teams.** **

**Outcome 4.b**

In the context of problem solving or conducting an investigation, recognize gaps in their knowledge and be able to marshal diverse resources to ﬁll those gaps.

**Outcome 4.c**

Generate a professional network including peers, alumni, and mentors.

**Outcome 4.d **

Plan and manage complex projects.