Physics (BS)

The Physics Program

A degree in physics opens worlds of possibilities. Physics students acquire technology-based, problem solving skills in a traditional liberal arts context.  Following graduation, students find these skills in demand for careers in areas such as research, technical management, software and hardware engineering, science teaching, manufacturing, meteorology and medical physics. Within the physics department, we offer degrees in classical physics (advising worksheet), physics with teach certification (advising worksheet) and engineering (advising worksheet). 

The required courses for a degree in physics include:

  • University Physics I and II
  • Mechanics
  • Modern Physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Advanced Physics Lab

In addition to these courses, students choose 4 electives from a large selection of courses.

Learn more about the physics minor.

The Engineering and Physics Faculty

Our faculty participate actively in many diverse fields of research including rocketry, geophysics, astrophysics, robotics, atomic and molecular physics, and aerodynamics.  Faculty incorporate student research as an integral element of each project. In addition, our department encourages outreach and public education by providing public planetarium shows and volunteering in local schools.  

The Results 

Your degree from Henderson State University Department of Engineering and Physics provides a strong foundation in the concepts of physics, preparing you for graduate study and exciting careers.  Our majors have the skills, opportunities, passion, and ability to succeed, leading to satisfying jobs as tomorrow’s explorers and innovators. 

Program Educational Objectives

  • Graduates meet or exceed the expectations of employers of engineering physics majors. 
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced studies, if desired.

Student Outcomes

The department has adopted the following physics student outcomes:

1)  An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
2)  An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
3)  An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
4)  An ability to communicate effectively.

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Contact

For more information about majoring in physics or engineering, contact:

Dr. Rick McDaniel, Professor and Department Chair
mcdanir@hsu.edu
870-230-5170
Reynolds Science Center 123B