Physical Sciences

Physical Sciences Learning Outcomes

During the Spring 2019 General Education Assemblies for Learning Outcomes, faculty groups began to develop learning outcomes for the Physical Sciences Requirement. Then, smaller Working Groups from these Assemblies along with students and advisors worked together to digest the information from the larger group and to create draft learning outcomes for Physical Sciences (see below).

We invite feedback from the campus community on these outcomes.

After taking a course in Physical Science, students will be able to:

  1. Fundamental Knowledge: Use scientific concepts, theories, and principles to explain phenomena in the physical universe. (C-SLO 1)
  2. Visual Representations of Data: Interpret visual representations of data,such as graphs, charts, and maps. (C-SLO 1)
  3. The Scientific Method: Explain and apply the methodologies of scientific inquiry such as identifying problems, making observations, gathering and analyzing data, proposing and testing hypotheses, and drawing conclusions. (C-SLO 1 & 2)
  4. Relationship to Global Systems: Recognize how natural phenomena affect and/or are affected by environmental, social, cultural, economic, and/or political systems. (C-SLO 5)