Kirk Korista, Chair
Main Office: 1122 Everett Tower
Telephone: (269) 387-4941
Fax: (269) 387-4939
The Department of Physics offers three programs of study leading to a major in physics. Two of these are in the Arts and Sciences Curriculum (Physics Major, and the Physics Major with Electrical Engineering Option) and are programs that prepare students for graduate study or professional employment in physics. The Secondary Education Physics major prepares students to teach physics at the high school level. A Geophysics Major, sponsored jointly by the departments of Geosciences and Physics, is also available, enabling students to prepare for a career in an important area of applied physics.
Any student contemplating majoring or minoring in physics should contact the Department of Physics as early as possible. This is especially true for transfer students from community colleges in regard to transfer credit and course of study. Students will want to contact the department undergraduate advisor regarding courses, employment opportunities, and graduate study in physics.
Any physics major may qualify for departmental honors in physics by fulfilling the following requirements:
- Complete the courses recommended for students planning to enter graduate school.
- Attain by the end of the semester preceding graduation an accumulated grade point average of at least 3.5 in physics courses and an accumulated grade point average of at least 3.0 in other courses.
Minor programs are available in physics, in secondary education physics, and in astronomy.
All students majoring or minoring in Physics are required to complete the introductory courses PHYS 2050, PHYS 2060, PHYS 2070, PHYS 2080, PHYS 3090, and PHYS 3100 with a grade of “C” or better in each course.
For all students, in all cases in which a course is listed as a prerequisite for a physics course, a grade of “C” or better must be earned in that course or the prerequisite is not satisfied. This includes math courses which are prerequisites
5000-level courses are offered only to advanced physics majors. Department policy requires that undergraduates enrolling in these courses have successfully completed all prerequisite studies prior to enrollment. The Department recommends that Physics majors who plan to enter a graduate college complete two of the following courses: PHYS 5620, PHYS 5630, or PHYS 5640.