Nov 15, 2018  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics, Department of

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Department Chair

Jim Feagin

Department Office/Website

McCarthy Hall 611


Wylie Ahmed, Kwang-Ping Cheng, Greg Childers, Jim Feagin, Heidi Fearn, Leigh Hargreaves, Murtadha Khakoo, Geoffrey Lovelace, Michael Loverude, Gina Passante, Jocelyn Read, Josh Smith, Ionel Tifrea, Keith Wanser


Physics is the natural science that deals with the properties and interactions of matter and radiation. As such, physics provides the fundamental basis for all other sciences, and for applied science fields such as engineering and the health sciences. Many physicists engage in research designed to expand the frontiers of physical knowledge; others engage in the application of physics concepts in industry and in private and government laboratories.

The physics major program can provide the education necessary for the student to continue studies at the graduate level that, in turn, lead to the master’s and doctoral degrees. Alternatively, the physics major program can provide the education necessary for the student to work immediately upon graduation with the bachelor’s degree, either in industry or government labs, in applied physics fields, or in teaching at the secondary school level. Our optional emphasis in business provides students with experience in starting or managing a technology-oriented business.

Students are encouraged to obtain research experience by working with faculty in their ongoing research efforts. Independent Study provides practical work experience that integrates classroom studies with the needs and methods of modern industrial science.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ScienceMaster of ScienceNon-Degree



      Courses are designated ASTR as in the class schedule.


      Courses are designated as PHYS in the class schedule. A “C” (2.0) or better is required in all prerequisite courses. Prerequisite requirements with exception of the grade requirement may be waived by the instructor of the course if the instructor is satisfied that the student is qualified to undertake the course.

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