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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics and Astronomy

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Steven McCauley, Chair

Nina Abramzon
Antonio Aurilia
Suketu Bhavsar
Kai-Shue Lam
Hector C. Mireles
Jorge Moreno
Matthew S. Povich
George Rainey
Alexander Rudolph
Homeyra Sadaghiani
Ertan Salik
Peter B. Siegel
Alexander Small
Kurt G. Vandervoot

The major in physics prepares students for careers as physicists with industry, government, university laboratories, and in teaching. Through suitably chosen electives, students may emphasize the interdisciplinary areas of biophysics, astrophysics, computational physics, health physics, geophysics, physical chemistry, engineering or mathematics.

Physics majors enjoy relatively small upper division classes spanning experimental and theoretical aspects of classical and modern physics. They are strongly encouraged to complete a senior project or other research experience under faculty supervision, a learning assistantship (assisting in the teaching of a class), or an internship in local industry. Additionally, they are encouraged to participate in other independent or group study/research activities sponsored by individual faculty.

Physics majors who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement have the opportunity to join the honorary society, Sigma Pi Sigma. Additional information concerning membership can be obtained from the Physics and Astronomy Department.

For those planning a career as a secondary science teacher (either middle school or high school), a Single Subject Credential in science is required. Before entering into a single subject credential program, students must demonstrate subject matter competency by either passing the appropriate state-approved examination (CSET) or completing a state-approved subject matter preparation program in Physics. Prospective teachers are encouraged to contact the Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (CEMaST) early in their academic programs at or 909-869-4063.





      The quarters in which particular courses are offered are indicated by the F, W, Sp, Su notations. If a course is not given each year, an indication of its offering in odd or even years is given.

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