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2016-2017 Catalog



Associate Professor Nice, Head; Professor Hoffman; Associate Professors Antanaitis, Dougherty; Assistant Professors Boekelheide, Thomas

Physics is the study and analysis of physical systems with the view of uncovering the basic principles that govern their behavior. This involves a method of analysis by which complex physical problems are broken down into sets of relatively simple processes that are easier to understand.

Physics is applied to systems ranging from the microscopic structure of matter to the macroscopic structure of the universe. The same fundamental methodology may be used to study the structure of crystals and the density of liquids at high pressure, create numerical simulations of clusters of galaxies, or examine the relationship between structure and function of metal-bearing proteins and enzymes. For this reason, physicists can be found working in many different professions.

Courses are about equally divided between macroscopic and microscopic physics. Students may also develop an interdisciplinary program in such areas as material science, biophysics, or geophysics. Opportunities are provided for research on campus and at national facilities such as Arecibo Observatory.

Physics Courses