Chair: Michael Hones, Ph.D.
Office Location: 347 Mendel Science Center
Physics is an experimental science in which its practitioners investigate nature at the most fundamental level on scales ranging from subatomic distances to the size of the universe. It is a quest to understand the origin and behavior of all forces: forces that account for the observed stability and in some cases instability of the atomic nucleus; forces that account for the stability of the atom; and forces that account for the stability of matter and the large-scale structures of the universe.
In this sense, it is the most fundamental of all physical sciences, and the successful physics student will be adept at solving problems using techniques that probe the fundamental building blocks of nature. Being trained to analyze phenomena at the most fundamental level makes the physics major versatile. Therefore, the student who successfully completes the degree in physics will not only be well prepared for graduate studies in physics, but also for employment in research-oriented industries or study in professional fields.
MAJOR (B.A.) (79 credits)
The BA in Physics is for the student who wants to minor in another science or in engineering or who is planning employment in graduate studies outside of the sciences in fields such as medicine, law, business, journalism, secondary school teaching, or other fields. Instead of the normal advanced courses in physics, the candidate uses these slots for a minor in another area. There is a senior research option.
- 3-credit PHY elective OR technical elective. Approval of the Physics chairperson required.