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Engineering Physics

Bachelor of Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Department Overview

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a wide variety of courses and programs that examine and employ the laws of nature from both theoretical and applied perspectives. The courses are of value and importance to all liberally educated persons.

The department emphasizes hands-on experience and laboratory work in its programs.

Degree Objectives

The major course work provides an overview of the entire field of astronomy, more detailed work in specific areas of astronomical importance, and the solid background in physics and mathematics that is needed to pursue graduate study.

Students may participate in ongoing research projects in both observational astronomy or theoretical astrophysics using facilities at the college. Currently, work is being done in stellar astronomy and includes work on pulsating stars, star clusters, and nearby galaxies.

Career Opportunities*

  • The median annual wage for physicists was $118,830 in May 2017.
  • Overall employment of physicists and astronomers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physicists and Astronomers


Dr. Ryan Maderak
Associate Professor & Chair
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  • Scott R. Baird, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus
  • Douglas Brothers, Ph.D.
  • Ryan Maderak, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • A. Max Sayler, Ph.D
    Assistant Professor
  • Georgiy Shcherbatyuk, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Christopher Shingledecker, Ph.D
    Assistant Professor

Freshman Year

ENGL-1010English Composition3
ENGR-1200Introduction to Engineering2
Foreign Language4
GNST-1000BC Experience1
MATH-1300Calculus I4
PHYS-2100Classical Physics I4
ENGR-1100Technical Drawing2
Foreign Language4
Historical Inquiry Foundation3
MATH-1350Calculus II4
PHYS-2110Classical Physics II4
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1

Sophomore Year

CHEM-1200General Chemistry I3
CHEM-1201General Chemistry I Lab1
ENGR-2170Technical Communications3
MATH-2300Calculus III4
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
EXSCFitness Course1
CHEM-1210General Chemistry II3
CHEM-1211General Chemistry II Lab1
ENGR-3150Statistical Analysis of Data4
MATH-3100Differential Equations3

Junior Year

ENGR-3170Engineering Economy & Society3
ENGR-3300Fluid Mechanics4
ENGR-3400Engineering Laboratory I2
PHYS-3200Relativity & Atomic Physics3
PHYS-3201Modern Physics Lab I1
PHYS-4900Physics Colloquiumcr
ENGR-2000Comp. Applications in Engr.2
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
MENG-4240System Dynamics & Control3
Philosophical Inquiry3
Aesthetic Experience3
ENGR-3410Engineering Laboratory II2
PHYS-3210Nuclear & Elem Part Physics2
PHYS-3211Modern Physics Laboratory II1
PHYS-4301Optics Laboratory1
PHYS-4901Physics Colloquiumcr

Senior Year

ENGR-4600Engineering Design 3
Faith Foundation3
ENGR-2320Mechanics of Materials3
ENGR-3500Properties of Materials3
PHYS-4902Physics Colloquiumcr
Aesthetic Experience Foundation3
MENG-4610Engineering Design II3
Faith Foundation3
Philosophical Inquiry3
PHYS-4700Condensed Matter Physics3
PHYS-COMPSenior Comprehensivecr
PHYS-4903Physics Colloquiumcr
Historical Inquiry Foundation3

Other Department Offerings

  • Major and Minor in Physics
  • Major in Astronomy
  • Certification for Physic Teaching grades 6-12