Purpose & Goals

The Physics Department is an undergraduate degree-granting department, and is implementing a massive restructuring of its programs and activities. In addition to offering the newly installed four-track program for physics majors, the department also serves a large number of students from engineering, the sciences, pre-engineering and pre-medical programs, and other undergraduates seeking to satisfy core curriculum requirements. The department has fully equipped state-of-the-art laboratories, the Physics Learning Center (for undergraduates), and the Science Education Laboratory (for high school students and teachers) which provide technology-based learning environments. The goal of the department is to provide students with an education and training in physics, supported by a strong foundation in the liberal arts curriculum, which will prepare them for advanced degrees and a variety of careers, such as in architecture, business, computer science, education, engineering, health, humanities, science, and technology disciplines. This goal is accomplished by establishing a firm foundation in the principles and methods of physics with an emphasis on original research that address real world issues.


Students who have had at least one course in physics above the elementary level and whose grade point averages are B or better are eligible for membership in Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society. Students having an interest in physics may also join the Society of Physics Students, an organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of physics throughout society.