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2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Department of Physics and Engineering Physics

George P. Miller

Roger N. Blais
George P. Miller
Sanwu Wang

Associate Professors
Alexei Grigoriev
Parameswar Hari
Scott A. Holmstrom

Applied Associate Professor
Jerome D. McCoy

Assistant Professor
Scott Noble
Peifen Zhu

Applied Assistant Professor
John McCampbell

Art Gibson

For more information about degree programs offered by the facutly of physics and engineering physics, visit the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics webpage.

The Department of Physics and Engineering Physics offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.)  and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)  degrees in physics, and to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics (B.S.E.P.) degree. All programs provide a critical core understanding of physics and culminate in a two-semester senior thesis/research design project.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)  degree in physics prescribes a thorough undergraduate physics curriculum while retaining flexibility to engage in a breadth of courses in the arts and sciences. Students are expected to show proficiency in a second language and to complete a concentration (at least 12 credit hours) in a field outside of their major. This degree option is particularly well suited as part of an education or pre-medical program.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.)  degree in physics provides a strong foundation in physics and mathematics in preparation for a technical or scientific career. Students pursuing the B.S. degree enroll in a more rigorous set of technical classes than for the B.A. degree. The B.S. degree requires two advanced special topics courses in physics. These courses have been incorporated to allow students flexibility in their junior and senior years to focus on specific fields of physics. The B.S. degree in physics provides a broad based technical major and is very adaptable for students in pre-professional programs (medical, law, etc.) and for education majors.

The B.S. degree program in engineering physics is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The goal of the engineering physics program is to provide the training in physics and engineering to prepare our students for careers in technical fields in industry, higher education, and for lifelong learning. Consistent with this goal, the educational objectives for the engineering physics program are to provide graduates with:

  • The knowledge to successfully enter and complete programs of graduate study in one of several engineering fields as well as in physics;
  • The skills to be able to function as productive engineering professionals in areas where traditional science and engineering disciplines overlap; and
  • An awareness of the importance of continued professional self-development.

Teacher Certification

Students seeking secondary teacher certification in physics must also complete requirements for a second major in education described under the School of Urban Education . In addition, teacher certification requires proficiency in a second language  at the novice level.