Oct 31, 2020  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics and Astronomy

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

Learning Outcomes

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
their results.

Major Requirements

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.

Prerequisite Grade

Any course listed in this department with a prerequisite assumes a grade of C- or better in the prerequisite course.


    Bachelor of ArtsBachelor of ScienceMinor


      Physics - Lower DivisionPhysics - Upper Division