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B.A. in Physics

The physics major is designed to develop competence in fundamental areas of classical and modern physics. A three term introductory sequence covers Newtonian physics and is followed by a course in “modern physics,” i.e., developments from 1900 onward.  Problem-solving and computational skills are emphasized and laboratory exercises complement the theoretical principles in lecture presentations. All of this is covered again on a deeper level in upper level courses in mechanics, electromagnetic theory, quantum physics and thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.


Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a significant amount of physics knowledge including the conceptual, experimental and quantitative knowledge of calculus-based physics, both classical and modern.
  • demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of physics, including problem-solving, analytical, experimental and library research (information literacy) skills.

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Physics Professor Uses 3D Printers to Make Face Shields for Local Healthcare Workers

In the middle of the global pandemic, healthcare workers struggled with shortages of safety essentials, such as personal protective equipment (PPE).  Disruption of manufacturing supply chains along with unprecedented increased demand led to ongoing PPE shortages at many medical centers across the nation. To meet the critical need, Dr. Lily Li, an associate professor, and chair of the Department of Physics, used the department’s 3D printer to manufacture PPE.

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