Department Head: James Carroll
303 Strong Hall
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers three programs leading to the master of science degree: (1) the physics program for those intending to pursue doctoral studies; (2) the physics education program for high school physics teachers wishing to improve their physics background or prepare for further graduate study; and (3) the interdisciplinary general science program for junior high school teachers seeking to strengthen their science background.
Each program requires at least 30 hours of graduate-level course work. No more than nine hours of 400-level undergraduate courses may be used. Up to six hours of course work in cognate areas may be included. Students must arrange a program of study with their assigned adviser.
The department’s honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, is the official honor society of the physics profession. Through election to Sigma Pi Sigma, distinctive achievement and high scholarship in physics is recognized and celebrated. Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels, to promote an attitude of service in its members towards their fellow students, colleagues and the public; and to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. The faculty adviser and a committee of active Sigma Pi Sigma members nominate prospective members.
Physics and Astronomy Programs and Courses