The mission of the Physics Department at Slippery Rock University is to provide high-quality physics and pre-engineering programs, service the Liberal Studies program, and provide content courses for other departments. The department is equally committed to each of these three areas and is actively involved in curriculum and program review on an ongoing basis. Additional Department goals include providing mentoring for the students served by the Department, providing opportunities for faculty-student research and other scholarly activities, and helping graduates reach their specific career goals by preparing them for graduate or professional school, for teaching positions, or for jobs in industry.
The basic educational philosophy of the department is the development of students' professional and technical skills. The educational focus of the major programs is to facilitate the students' entry into the scientific & engineering community. To accomplish these goals, the course work in the department emphasizes the traditional areas of study: content mastery, observation of phenomena, problem solving skills, and laboratory experiences. While these traditional areas of study are obviously important, the department is also acutely aware that graduates need skills that enable them to adapt to the changing work place of the 21'st Century. Thus, the department has incorporated in to the program experiences that develop communication & presentation skills, scientific computing & other technological skills, and attitude of self-reliance. Many possible career (including graduate school) options are available to physics majors; our commitment is to provide the training necessary for many of these options.
Department of Physics Program Outcomes
Students in the Physics Program at SRU will be:
Proficient in the basic and advanced concepts of classical and modern physics.
Accomplished problem solvers capable of applying inductive and deductive logic, the scientific method, mathematical modeling, and other methods and principles of physics to novel situations.
Skilled at constructing and assembling experimental apparatuses, conducting and analyzing measurements of physical phenomena, and drawing valid conclusions from experimental data.
Competent at using contemporary technologies for scientific computing, data acquisition and analysis, and effective communication