A thorough knowledge, both descriptive and quantitative of the principles and methods of
the field including an understanding of the questions addressed by this discipline, an
appreciation for the historical development of the field and an understanding of the
limitations inherent in its study.
An ability to interpret and solve theoretical and applied problems using established or
The acquisition of a complete set of laboratory skills including the ability to collect and
analyze data using a variety of instrumental and computational techniques and to work
cooperatively with their peers, as well as an understanding of the applicability of each
technique to a particular problem.
The ability to plan and carry out research using proper methods including the use of the
scientific literature to obtain information.
The ability to clearly and correctly communicate scientific results and concepts in both
spoken and written form.
The ability to use proper safety measures, to recognize and avoid hazards, and to
recognize, handle and properly dispose of hazardous materials.
An understanding of the ethical responsibilities of a physicist/chemist including the
importance of honesty in all scientific endeavors and the consideration of the social and
environmental ramifications of their field