Chair David Lee, Dale Pleticha, Stan Reczek, Oleksiy Svitelskiy.
MISSION: The Department of Physics seeks to introduce students to the discipline of physics. Through courses, labs and guided research, the department provides thorough grounding in laboratory and theoretical aspects of physics in order to prepare physics majors for graduate school, secondary school teaching, industrial employment or government service. The 3-2 engineering program, with its dedicated lab facilities and deep technical training, prepares students to apply to transfer to an engineering school and excel once they matriculate into the engineering program. Through its Core Curriculum courses, the department seeks to develop in all students an appreciation and basic understanding of the physical aspects of creation as well as the influence of physics upon the development of culture. Students are encouraged to grapple with ethical, epistemological and metaphysical questions which will inform and enrich their worldview as Christians while simultaneously receiving uncompromised mentoring to become physicists.
All 4-year physics majors pursuing a B.S. degree are required to undertake a research project which may be experimental, computational or theoretical in aim. This research is done under the mentorship of a faculty member, and the expectations and deliverables are defined together with the student.
Honors in Physics
Seniors who write, present and defend an honors thesis based on substantial research will be eligible to graduate with honors in physics. The minimum GPA for honors candidates is 3.5 in the major and 3.0 overall. See department faculty for details.