The mission of the Physics Program is to foster curiosity about the laws governing the physical world, enlighten students in critical thinking, and instruct them on applying the scientific method. Graduates of the program are prepared for are prepared for careers in physics and physics-related fields, or the pursuit of advanced degrees. Graduates can pursue advanced degrees in diverse fields, including physics, medicine, teaching, engineering, or law.
- Graduates will have conceptual knowledge of physics within the framework of a liberal arts education.
- Graduates will be proficient in fundamental laboratory skills, including data analysis, and the use of instrumentation.
- Graduates will be able to access, interpret, and utilize scientific materials as well as clearly and concisely communicate scientific results via oral and written reports.
- Graduates will have the tools to succeed in a career in a physics-related fields, graduate studies in physics, teaching, or the pursuit of advanced degrees in medicine, teaching, or the law.
- Graduates will have the interpersonal and professional skills to effectively work within teams and be project leader of teams of varied cultural and experiential backgrounds regardless of cultural differences.
Guidelines for Acceptance to a Physics & Astronomy Department Major
In order to ensure that students are on a successful academic trajectory, it is recommended that students who have not earned at least a C average in both PHYS-2100, Classical Physics I, and PHYS-2110, Classical Physics II, should not declare a major in the Physics & Astronomy Department. Students who have not achieved this minimum grade guideline but who still seek acceptance to a major in the Physics & Astronomy Department must meet with and receive approval from the Department Chair.
|Sun & Solar System
|Methods of Teaching Secondary Physics
|General Chemistry I Lecture
|General Chemistry II Lecture
|General Chemistry I Laboratory
|General Chemistry II Lab
|Classical Physics I
and Classical Physics I Lab
|Classical Physics II
and Classical Physics II Lab
|Relativity & Atomic Physics
|Modern Physics Lab
|Nuclear & Elementary Particle Physics
|Modern Physics Lab II
|Senior Comprehensive Exam
|Secondary Education Requirements
|Complete the requirements for a B.A. in Secondary Education 1
The secondary teacher is required to take education courses for a B.A. in Secondary Education to receive certification and should consult with the chair of the School of Education.