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Message from the Chair

Physics is challenging, but it develops critical thinking skills and ability for rigorous investigation of the definitions, assumptions, and context of physical and mathematical structures. Majoring in Physics can be a start to a career in physical sciences, but also can be an opportunity to enter a variety of other fields, such as engineering, finance, medical physics, oceanography, meteorology, computer science, technical management, and science teaching.

Our department offers four physics programs. In addition to the most rigorous Bachelor of Science in Physics program (designed for students intending graduate study in physics or other sciences and engineering), we offer additional concentrations: biophysics pre-health (for students interested in biomedical applications of physics and planning a career in medical physics, biomedical engineering, medicine or other health-related fields), pre-engineering physics (allowing students to complete a physics and an engineering degree), and liberal arts physics. The mission of our department is to provide an excellent science education: a challenging curriculum taught by a dedicated faculty. We give our students individual attention and instruction in small classes.

Our particular focus is on undergraduate research as part of the education process. Many of our majors participate in research, experimental, computational, or theoretical. Our recent graduates attended graduate programs at UC Santa Barbara, University of Exeter (UK), Tulane University, LSU, University of New Orleans, George Mason University, U. of Florida Medical School, University of Maryland, and others.

If you think that this might be the right environment for you, I invite you to explore our programs, faculty webpages, research projects, and to contact us with more questions.

Armin Kargol, Chair
Department of Physics