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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.

Degree Objectives

  • Introductory level courses are offered for students interested in any discipline, as well as for those students with special interests in science or engineering regardless of their background
    or preparation.
  • Intermediate level courses are offered for students wishing to concentrate in scientific or technical  fields, and a broad spectrum of advanced courses for students planning to pursue in-depth studies of physics, astronomy, engineering or related  fields are provided.
  • The department emphasizes hands-on experience and laboratory work in
    its programs.

Career Opportunities*

Historically, about three-fourths of our graduates have successfully pursued advanced degrees. Others have accepted positions in business or industry, or at research laboratories, while some have pursued careers in law, medicine, and the religious life, for example.

Others have accepted positions in business or industry, or at research laboratories, while some have pursued careers in law, medicine, and the religious life, for example.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Chemical Engineers, on the Internet at this link


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

Freshmen Year

PHYS-2100Classical Physics I**4
CHEM-1200General Chemistry I3
CHEM-1201General Chemistry I Lab1
Foreign Language4
GNST-1000BC Experience1
MATH-1300Calculus I4
Foreign Language4
PHYS-2110/2111Classical Physics II/w lab4
CHEM-1210General Chemistry II3
CHEM-1211General Chemistry II Lab1
MATH-1350Calculus II3
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1

Sophomore Year

PHYS-3200Relativity & Atomic Physics3
PHYS-3201Modern Physics Lab1
MATH-2300Calculus III4
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
Oral Communications3
PHYS-3210Nuclear & Elem Part Physics2
PHYS-3211Modern Physics Lab II1
MATH-3100Differential Equations3
CSCI-2300Programming for Scientists & Engineers3
Historical Inquiry Foundation3

Junior Year

ENGL-1010English Composition3
Faith Foundation3
PHYS-4100Mechanics I3
PHYS-4900Physics Colloquiumcr
Elective (Rec. PHYS-4200, Math Meth)3
Historical Inquiry Foundation3
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
PHYS-4301Optics Lab1
PHYS-4110Mechanics II*3
PHYS-4901Physics Colloquiumcr
EXSCFitness course1
Visual Communication3
Aesthetic Experience3

Senior Year

PHYS-4600Electricity & Magnetism I3
PHYS-4800Quantum Mechanics*3
PHYS-4902Physics Colloquiumcr
Faith Foundation3
Philosophical Inquiry Foundation3
PHYS-4610Electricity & Magnetism II*3
Person and Community3
PHYS-4903Physics Colloquiumcr
Aesthetic Experience3
PHYS-4700Condensed Matter Physics*3
PHYS-4910Physics & Astronomy Research1
PHYS-COMPSenior Comprehensivecr

*Indicates a course not required for the B.A.
**Students not ready for Calculus I this semester should enroll in a general education class instead of Classical Physics.

Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physics
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Astronomy
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Physics
  • Minor in Physics