Course Summary

Course Description

The Physics Department plays a central role in the University’s mission of educating students to live in an increasingly technological, highly complex society.  The department provides a range of physics/engineering programs for its majors, support courses for other science majors, and courses which fulfill the science requirements of the University Core Curriculum for non-science majors.  The department has modern, well equipped undergraduate laboratories, and many of the courses have a laboratory component that emphasizes the central role of experiments in science.
Research plays an essential role in the education of students majoring in physics.  Students have the opportunity of working under the guidance of a faculty member on campus, and the department encourages all students to spend at least one summer participating in a research program at a major research university or national laboratory.
Four major programs are offered.  Three lead to a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, and one leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree.  The Bachelor of Science programs are physics, engineering physics, and interdisciplinary physics.  The physics major is an excellent preparation for a diverse range of careers.  Many graduates have gone directly into the workforce in physics, engineering, business, and teaching.  Others have continued their academic careers with graduate study in a variety of fields, including physics, engineering, computer science, law, and medicine.

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