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 and 8-semester degree plan) and engineering physics (advising worksheet and 8-semester degree plan). 

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 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 Physics and Engineering 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. 

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For more information about majoring in physics, contact:

Dr. Rick McDaniel, Professor and Department Chair
Reynolds Science Center 123B