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.
MINOR (31 credits)
The Physics Department offers a minor in physics to qualified students whose major area of study lies outside of physics. In general, a student in any area of study, other than physics, may obtain a minor in physics.
- The Minor in Applied Physics for Math Majors requires all of the Math courses required for the Math degree, plus MAT 4310, PHY 2410/2411, through PHY 2416/2417, PHY 3310/3311, and PHY 4301/4303