The Physics Program is one of three programs in The Department of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (DPCM) in The College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences. The primary objectives of the undergraduate physics program are to:
- Provide sound training in physics leading to the B.S. degree
- Provide service courses which are required by other disciplines.
The Physics Program also offers a graduate program. The M.S. program was initiated in 1981 and the Ph.D. program in 1986. The physics graduate program offers the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics with specializations in Space Science, Materials Science and Optics/Lasers.
The mission of the Physics Program is:
- to give students a good understanding of physics as the foundation of modern technologies
- to train students to enter graduate programs and/or enter the research oriented world
- to provide students with the skills of today’s high-tech-related job market.
The physics program offers a challenging curriculum for undergraduate students seeking the knowledge of basic physics and real exposure to the state-of-the-art applications and research. This program provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of classical physics, modern physics, quantum mechanics and electromagnetic theory while providing curriculum flexibility by way of a spectrum of technical electives to pursue individual interests. Faculty members are able to provide individual guidance and mentoring due to the relatively small student-to-faculty ratio. An important element of the physics program is the many research opportunities to pursue undergraduate research by working with a faculty mentor.
There are four (4) minors and one (1) option offered in the physics/applied physics undergraduate program as listed below.
- Biology Minor
- Chemistry Minor
- Computer Science Minor
- Mathematics Minor
- Space Science Option
Students majoring in physics may apply for financial assistance to defray the cost of attendance through the many work-study and other undergraduate research opportunities available with various physics faculty members in the department who are working on research projects funded by NASA, National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and other federal agencies.