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
- Modern Physics
- Computational Physics
- Quantum Mechanics
- Advanced Physics Lab
In addition to these courses, students choose 4 electives from a large selection of courses.
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.
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.
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.
- Engineering Degree
- Engineering Minor
- Physics Minor
- Reynolds Science Center Planetarium
- Society of Physics Students
- Reddie Rockets - NAR Section 777
- Reddie Robotics
For more information about majoring in physics or engineering, contact:
Dr. Rick McDaniel, Professor and Department Chair
Reynolds Science Center 123B