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New Mexico State University
Department of Physics
About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Physics program at New Mexico State University is to offer a degree preparing our graduating students for careers in a variety of scientific and technical areas as well as for graduate study in physics and related fields.

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Program Educational Objectives of the Physics Program at New Mexico State University

Educational Objective 1: Competitiveness

Graduates are competitive in internationally-recognized academic, government and industrial environments.

Educational Objective 2: Adaptability

Graduates exhibit success in solving complex technical problems in a broad range of disciplines.

Educational Objective 3: Teamwork and Leadership

Graduates have a proven ability to function as part of and/or lead interdisciplinary teams.

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Physics Program Outcomes

The Department of Physics expects our graduates to acheive program outcomes necessary for becoming subject matter experts.

a. Scientific Expertise: an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and applied sciences.

b. Experimental Training: an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

c. Design Abilities: an ability to design a system, component, or process or program to meet desired needs.

d. Teamwork: an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

e. Problem Solving: an ability to identify, formulate, and solve applied science problems.

f. Professional Responsibility: an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

g. Communication Skills: an ability to communicate effectively.

h. Societal Impact: the broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions in a global and societal context.

i. Life-long Learning: a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

j. Contemporary Issues: a knowledge of contemporary issues.

k. Technical Know-How: an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice.