Joel Rauber, Department Head
Department of Physics
Daktronics Engineering Hall 255
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Physics is the foundation of almost all of the science and engineering disciplines. The curriculum in Physics has the flexibility to accommodate a wide range of student interests including engineering, physical science, mathematics, biological science, or health sciences. Graduates find careers in physics research, education, engineering, medicine, nuclear medicine, law, science journalism or alternatively many other choices.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of the Physics major, students will:
- be prepared for either productive employment following graduation or able to pursue advanced degrees in physics or physics related disciplines.
- compare favorably in the theoretical and technical knowledge with students completing similar programs nationally.
- have developed a basic understanding of the theoretical and mathematical underpinnings of the discipline.
- have learned the crucial elements of experimentation including experiment design, equipment building and operation, data collection, data and uncertainty analysis, and results interpretation and dissemination.
- know how to apply technical knowledge and use appropriate scientific tools to solve problems as both individuals and as team members.
- have a basic understanding of contemporary issues and professional/ethical responsibilities within a local and global context.
The program requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above for all physics courses and a GPA 2.0 or above in PHYS 211-213 (or PHYS 111-113) and PHYS 331.
Course Delivery Format
Physics students learn through hands-on and face to face learning in lecture, laboratory, and field based experiences.