Jun 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics and Astronomy

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Physics in this century is a complex endeavor reflecting many centuries of experimentation and theory. It is an enterprise conducted by people 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
Jessica C. Kintner, PhD, Professor
Aaron Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor
Roy J. Wensley, PhD, Professor

Chris M. Ray, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Learning Outcomes

  • IDENTIFY physical and mathematical principles relevant to a system - even principles addressed in separate courses and disciplines.
  • CARRY OUT the necessary analysis and synthesis to model the system accurately.
  • EFFECTIVELY communicate results.

Major Requirements

Prerequisite Grade

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


    Bachelor of ScienceBachelor of ArtsMinor


      Physics - Lower DivisionPhysics - Upper Division

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