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					       Purdue (WL) Undergraduate Program
 Programs
• 5 Physics Majors programs (~187 in Spring 2010)
   Physics, Applied Physics, Physics Education
   Physics Honors, Applied Physics Honors
• Serves ~7,500 students/yr in service courses

1. Majors Current state and challenges
   •   Recruitment and retention
   •   Curriculum
   •   Support/Research opportunities
   •   Climate
2. Service program state and challenges

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 Recruitment and Retention: Enrollments
       • Generally increasing since 1996-97
       • Tracks national trend until mid 2000’s


 250                                18000
                                    16000
 200                                14000
                                    12000   Total Enrollment
 150
                                    10000
                                    8000
 100
                                    6000
                                            Jr/Sr Enrollement
  50                                4000
                                            Nationally
                                    2000
  0                                 0




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    Recruitment and Retention: Degrees
• Downturn since mid 2000’s despite increasing enrollment
• Tracked national trend (at least until mid 2000’s)

     50                             6000

     40                             5000

                                    4000   Physics BS Total
     30
                                    3000   Physics BS/BA
     20                                    Nationally
                                    2000
     10                             1000

      0                             0




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                      40
Degrees by            35   Regular
                      30
 Program              25   Honors
                      20
                           Applied
 By Program          15
                      10   Applied
                       5   Honors
 • Honors              0   Teaching
 degrees < 10

                     40

 Standard vs        35
                     30
Applied majors       25     PHYS BS
                            Total
                     20
                            Reg+Hon
 • Applied majors    15
 increasing slowly   10
                     5
 • Standard majors   0
 generally level
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                 Enrollment by Class
• 60~80 come into and 20~30 graduate from
Physics for at best around 40% graduation rate
• Purdue College of Science rate is about 30%
graduating from the College and 40% from other
colleges of Purdue University (total ~70%)
• Attrition within the first two years is large.
 90
 80
 70
 60
                                                   Fall '08
 50
 40                                                Fall '09
 30
 20
 10
  0

      Freshman    Sophomore   Junior   Senior+

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         Curriculum: Current State
• First year curriculum (only) revised in 2005-06
   3 semester mechanics/E&M (Halliday-Resnick style)
       2 semester Matter & Interactions
   (Changed Calc I prerequisite to co-requisite as well)
• Student survey from Spring 2008 found:
   Half have had memorably enjoyable course(s)
   Faculty provide challenge & are available, encouraging
   More than 75% will choose Purdue again if starting over
  Some courses do not carry enough credits or are not
  well designed or taught
• Students not ready for mathematical rigor of upper
division courses.
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 Revised Upper Division Curriculum Since Fall 2008

  • Common first two years for all 5 majors programs
  • Provide good mathematical foundation
  • Preserve flexibility and encourage taking of specialty
  and interdisciplinary courses
  • Modernization of labs remains a future project
  • Applied electives need better road map

  Common Second Year:

     2 new Math Methods of Physics courses
     Waves and Oscillations (built on Optics course)
     Modern Physics, 4-credtis and redesigned
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 Honors Program
  Independent Project must culminate in an acceptable
 written report to be deposited with Dept. (Applied Hon. too)
  2 Physics/Astro Specialty Course Electives
  Quantum Mechanics to fit entirely in junior year
  Grade requirement no longer includes math courses
 Regular Program

  1 Physics/Astro Course Elective

 Applied Physics Program

  30 Applied elective credits (~ 10 courses) – in
  process of aligning these to enable Minor in another
  field simultaneously (e.g., Mech. Engineering)
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 Career Path After Graduation

 • About 2/3 go on to graduate school (majority in Physics)
 • Significant fraction goes to industry

                           Post BS career of
                           2005-2007 graduates
              21%

                                   Grad. Sch. (Physics)
                           41%
                                   Grad. Sch. (Other)
        7%                         Teaching
                                   Government
         5%                        Industry


                    26%




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 Support and Research Opportunities

• Student survey finds:

   Undergraduates overwhelmingly desire to
  do research with our own faculty here
   Ascarelli Fellowships beginning in 1st year
   Spots on our Summer REU Program
   Not enough gets to do research
   Financial support is at low levels
   Opportunities not well advertized



                                                  10
                   250
Enrollments by
Gender/Ethnicity   200

                   150              Femal
                                    e
                   100              Male
By Gender
                   50

                    0
 • 10~12% female


                   200
                   180   International
 By Ethnicity     160
                   140   White and Other
                   120
                   100
                    80   Hispanic
 • Total URM        60
                    40   American Indian
                    20
 ~12% 2007-08        0   Asian American

                         African American

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                Service Teaching
• Separate Mechanics/E&M Sequences for: Engineering, Health
Sciences, and Technology students
• Other courses include: 1 course for agriculture students, 2
astronomy courses, 1 for elem. education students, and 1 remedial
course for engineering students.
   ~7,500 students/year (half in Engineering Sequence.)

        8000
        7000
        6000                                                     Other
        5000
        4000
        3000                                                     Engineering
        2000
        1000
           0




(Diagram does not include the course for education students or the remedial one.)
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         Challenges in Service Teaching
• Curriculum modernization
   Matter & Interactions curriculum introduced for the
  engineers about 2 years ago
   Assessment of the new curriculum in progress

• Staffing: massive need for TA’s

   Engineering sequence (172/272/241) alone
  required 6 faculty, 26 ½-time equiv. TA’s
   These staffing needs are controlled by Engineering
  enrollments, not by us. This can and does create a
  large problem for us.

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