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Physics

Location: Ross Hall 0232
Telephone: 970.351.2961

Small, personalized classes are a hallmark of all the programs offered by the School of Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics. The student is assured of consideration and expert guidance, with excellent opportunities to thoroughly develop personal skills at a pace compatible with needs. From the earliest to the most advanced physics courses, the student has direct contact with faculty members.

Research experience is considered to be an essential part of the undergraduate degree. Students become involved in their own research projects under faculty guidance. These investigations often extend over several semesters and are sometimes pursued through cooperative internships in industry, government laboratories, or other universities.

The Physics program has a well-equipped astronomy, electronics, optics, nuclear physics, and introductory physics labs, as well as a darkroom, a student computer lab, a solar telescope facility, and space for undergraduate research. Computer use is thoroughly integrated into the curriculum and each lab has several computers dedicated to data acquisition and analysis. In addition, there is a variety of equipment available for undergraduate research, including high vacuum, audio, nuclear and optics equipment, and a 12" telescope with capabilities in making accurate photometric measurements.

Physics B.S.

Astronomy Emphasis

This emphasis gives graduates excellent preparation for graduate school in Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Physics, and for employment in industry and research laboratories.

Engineering Physics Emphasis

The Engineering emphasis of the B. S. in Physics provides practical application of the theories and methods of physics. Students take more courses in the theory of physics than they would in the typical engineering curriculum and more courses in applications related to the engineering fields than they would in the traditional physics degree.

Graduates will be well prepared for engineering-type positions in industry and research laboratories or for graduate work in engineering or physics-related fields. Because of the strong emphasis on both theory and applications, graduates can quickly assimilate rapid changes in these fields.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

This emphasis focuses on the main laws and principles of physics through a basic core of physics and support courses and provides flexibility for the student by requiring a minimum of emphasis courses. Students can take a variety of elective courses at the junior/senior level to tailor the program toward their future goals.

Graduates have a solid foundation in physics for pursuing their individual career goals, including employment in industry and research laboratories and graduate studies in physics, engineering, health or the environment.

Mathematical Physics Emphasis

This program, offered through the cooperation of the School of Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Physics and School of Mathematics, focuses on the laws, principles and mathematical foundations of physics.

This emphasis is an excellent preparation for graduate school in mathematics, applied mathematics, physics, mathematical physics or other similar programs. It is also excellent preparation for many types of positions in industry or in research laboratories.

Secondary Teaching Emphasis

The program emphasizes the laws, principles and applications of physics and other sciences, along with the communication skills and teaching methods to effectively teach these concepts at the junior high and high school levels (grades 7-12). Graduates of this degree would help to combat a shortage of physical science teachers and help meet the nationwide goals of excellence in science preparation.

With additional physics and mathematics courses, students could qualify for graduate study in physics or for employment in industry or governmental research laboratories.

For degree and program requirements, see:

Engineering Program (Pre-Engineering)

Physics Minor

Physics Concentration

Physics B.S.

Astronomy Emphasis

Engineering Physics Emphasis

Liberal Arts Emphasis

Mathematical Physics Emphasis

Secondary Teaching Emphasis


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