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The Physics Degree


A physics degree represents more than a collection of courses.  It is a coherent set of competencies and outcomes which emerge from a student's experience with the degree program.  Using a process known as "tuning", initiated by a grant from the Lumina Foundation, physics departments throughout the state of Utah have determined a set of learning outcomes to which we all aspire.  While we recognize that each institution has its own talents and methods for achieving these outcomes, we have agreed that a physics degree includes these outcomes at its core.  Details can be found in the links below.

Summary of Learning Outcomes and Assessment Schemes

Physics Learning Outcomes, Competencies and Benchmarks - in detail (Utah Tuning)

Map of Learning Outcomes to Courses at USU

Tuning in Utah