Physics is the most fundamental of sciences. It introduces concepts and ideas which are used in all other science and engineering fields. Physics is exciting and rewarding; as you learn more you begin to better understand the world around you.
Physics is challenging, but it develops critical thinking skills and ability for rigorous investigation of the definitions, assumptions, and context of physical and mathematical structures. Majoring in Physics can be a start to a career in physical sciences, but also can be an opportunity to enter a variety of other fields, such as engineering, medical physics, oceanography, meteorology, computer science, technical management, and science teaching.
Our department offers four physics programs. In addition to the most rigorous Bachelor of Science in Physics program (designed for students intending graduate study in physics or other sciences), we offer additional concentrations: pre-health physics (for students planning a health-profession career), pre-engineering physics (allowing students to complete a physics and an engineering degree), and liberal arts physics. The mission of our department is to provide an excellent science education: a challenging curriculum taught by a dedicated faculty. We give our students individual attention and instruction in small classes.
Our particular focus is on undergraduate research as part of the education process. Many of our majors participate in research, experimental, computational, or theoretical. Our recent graduates have been accepted to graduate programs at the University of Exeter, UK, Tulane University, or Charite Medical University in Berlin, Germany.
If you think that this might be the right environment for you, I invite you to explore our programs, faculty webpages, research projects, and to contact us with more questions.
Martin McHugh, Chair
Department of Physics