Our department strives to provide a comprehensive and flexible curriculum to students with sufficient depth of study for students planning to pursue physics or engineering at a graduate level. However, our courses are not limited to physics and engineering majors, but they are geared for all students including those who wish to take physics or astronomy as a part of a liberal arts emphasis.

At the bachelor of science level, the student will not be expected to specialize in any branch of physics. However, the curriculum does have room for electives, providing an opportunity to develop a minor in other fields of science or in an engineering discipline. It provides a background in applications of physics for students seeking employment in industry and also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in physics or in other fields such as geophysics, meterology, metallurgy, computer science, mathematics, materials science, and many branches of engineering.

An increasing number of students are choosing a double major, consisting of physics plus some field of engineering. Students going this route often end up in industrial research and development. Another factor to consider is that, in a rapidly changing economy, where one field of engineering may be in a slump while others are not, understanding physics can assist one in moving across disciplines. For these reasons, we encourage all students to consider double majors.

Graduate studies leading to the degree of master of science and Ph.D. are offered. Research is primarily in solid state physics. At this level of study, the student will be expected to assume much of the responsibility for carrying out a research project. Graduate studies in the physics department are an integral component of the materials engineering and science, and nanoscience and nanoengineering programs.

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