Courses offered in the current term can be found in the course bulletin. Courses taught by the department can be found in the course catalog. Chemistry majors desiring to sign up for a course advising time should use the
chemistry advising page. Physics majors should contact the departmental office (x2180) to be connected to
the advisor on duty.
Assessment is strongly linked to our classroom practices and many of the revisions
in our classes have been guided by the results of these assessment tools. Faculty
and students in our department write papers and give presentations on curriculum revision
and our department has been successful in obtaining grants to revise our chemistry
and physics courses. For more information on our teaching and learning innovations
please click the teaching innovations page in the menu bar or click here. The department uses assessment formatively and summatively.
Formative assessment enables faculty to modify instruction to ensure students are
comprehending content. For instance, several of the introductory physics and chemistry
courses use "clickers" to gather real time data on student understanding. During
lecture, a professor can pose a multiple choice question which students immediately
answer using a clicker. The professor has immediate feedback on student understanding,
and students are actively engaged in problem solving even in larger lecture classroom.
Summative assessment enable the department to reflect on teaching outcomes to improve
courses each semester. The faculty actively engage in summative assessment or courses
in the following programs: chemistry, physics, physical science general education,
pre-service chemistry teaching, and pre-service physics teaching. Click on the following
links to learn more about student accomplishment in our programs and means by which
the department is improving it's educational programs.
The mission of the department of chemistry, physics, and engineering studies is to
provide classroom education and laboratory training in the fields of chemistry and
physics so that our graduates may be competitive in a broad range of professional
careers, including the health sciences, education, business engineering, as well as
industrial, academic, and governmental research. By providing high quality coursework,
diverse program options, and research and outreach opportunities for both science
and engineering majors and the more general CSU student population we aid students
in developing content knowledge, an understanding of the nature of science, and expert-like
attitudes about science and engineering. Though the activities and coursework our
department offers students will be exposed to the process of doing science develop
a broad knowledge of the fields of chemistry and physics and the applications of these
sciences to everyday life.
If you have questions about assessment in our various programs please contact our