Dr. Matthew Bailey, Chair
Department Faculty and Staff
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The Physics Department offers a multi-track program of study, giving students the flexibility to pursue a challenging curriculum of inspiring courses best suited to their individual interests and chosen careers. A major in physics prepares students for careers in a variety of high-technology fields and teaching and/or further graduate studies in physics, engineering, medicine and other fields. Students can complete the physics major in one of seven ways: general physics track, astronomy and astrophysics track, microelectronics track, secondary education track, engineering physics track, coastal engineering track or dual-degree engineering transfer program
The Physics Department also provides undergraduate research opportunities to advance student understanding, allowing the student to apply the techniques in an active hands-on environment. With close faculty mentoring during the research experience, students gain skills necessary to organize and communicate scientific results and become successful science professionals. Virtually all physics majors become involved in scientific research under active faculty, R&D sector or industry supervision. Students have conducted research on a variety of topics including extragalactic elemental abundances, stellar evolution and supernovae, robotics design and building, alternative energies such as wind and solar, computational surface physics, biomedical physics, quantum mechanics, remote sensing, high-altitude balloon electronics, and a plethora of other topics.
ProgramsBachelor of ScienceUndergraduate Minors