M.S. Program Objectives

M.S. Program Objectives

Creighton University's graduate program in Physics is designed to combine a solid foundation in physics with adaptability to a wide range of student interests and career objectives. The Physics Department maintains close association with the Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, and the Health Sciences, providing excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary study and research. The Department also participates with other colleges and universities in combined research efforts, including collaborative experiments at regional, national, and international facilities. Close interaction between students and faculty facilitates responsiveness to the needs of each student. Graduates of four-year liberal arts colleges are of special interest to our faculty, as are secondary-school and junior-college teachers who wish to enrich their background in physics. Graduate study for part-time students is encouraged by scheduling courses in the late afternoon, and by flexibility in accommodating the needs of working part-time students.

The Master of Science Program in Physics is designed to be completed by full-time students in two academic years.

Program Goals Learning Objectives

1.  Graduates will demonstrate disciplinary competence and/or professional proficiency.

1A.  Students will demonstrate the skills appropriate to graduate-level physics, including conceptual problem solving ability, proficiency in advanced mathematics, proficiency in theoretical or experimental project design, expertise in employing computer software, proficiency in communication through writing and oral presentations.

2. Graduates will demonstrate critical thinking skills

2A.  Students will complete a thesis (Plan A) or a research report (Plan B).

3. Graduates will demonstrate Ignatian values, to include but not limited to a commitment to an exploration of faith and the promotion of justice.

3A.  Students will successfully analyze the ethical component of issues from the physical sciences.

4.  Graduates will demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

4A.  Students will be able to present effective progress reports on their research. 
5.  Graduates will demonstrate deliberative reflection for personal and professional formation

5A.  Students will write a resume and sit for a mock job interview.

5B.  Students will participate in personal reflection activities.

6.  Graduates will demonstrate the ability to work effectively across race, ethnicity, culture, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.

6A.  Students will demonstrate the ability to work as members of a team. 

6B.  Graduate Teaching Fellows will be able to effectively teach introductory laboratories and recitation sections.


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