Physics in this century has become a complex endeavor reflecting many centuries of experimentation and theory. It is an enterprise conducted by men and women who are stimulated by hopes and purposes that are universal: to understand and describe nature in its most elementary form. Physics and astronomy courses train students to carefully observe physical phenomena and to interpret the phenomena using synthesis, mathematical modeling and analysis. These methods represent a way of knowing that is central to the scientific method. The department is dedicated to teaching students with majors in science, as well as general science education in the liberal arts tradition.
Mari-Anne M. Rosario, PhD, Professor, Chair
Brian R. Hill, PhD, Assistant Professor
Jessica C. Kintner, PhD, Professor
Aaron Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor
Chris M. Ray, PhD, Professor
Roy J. Wensley, PhD, Professor
Students who graduate with a major in physics will be able to analyze complex and subtle physical phenomena and systems. The successful student will be able to identify the physical and mathematical principles relevant to a system-even principles that are addressed in separate courses and disciplines. Using the principles they identify, students will be able to carry out the necessary analysis and synthesis to model the system accurately, and will be able to effectively communicate
Bachelor of Science
The bachelor of science (BS) degree in physics is designed for students who wish to pursue careers or graduate study in scientific and technically intensive fields.
Any course listed in this department with a prerequisite assumes a grade of C- or better in the prerequisite course.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceMinor
CoursesPhysics - Lower DivisionPhysics - Upper Division