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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Physics

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Chairperson: Andrei Slavin

Professors emeriti: Abraham R. Liboff, John M. McKinley, Ralph C. Mobley, Norman Tepley, Paul A. Tipler, W. D. Wallace, Robert M. Williamson

Distinguished professors: Michael Chopp, Andrei Slavin, Gopalan Srinivasan

Professors: Ken Elder, David Garfinkle, George Martins, Bradley J. Roth, Yang Xia

Associate professors: Kapila Clara Castoldi, Evgeniy Khain, Alberto Rojo

Assistant professor: Yuejian Wang

Research associate professor: Vasyl Tyberkevych

Adjunct professors: Carl Bleil, James R. Ewing, Grant R. Gerhart, Brian Marples, Hani Sabbah, Bryan Shumaker, Hamid Soltanian-Zadeh, Srinivasan Venkatesan, Uma Devi Venkateswaran, George Wilson, Di Yan

Adjunct associate professors: Robert L. Hammond, Quan Jiang, Robert A. Knight, Jian Liang, Patrick N. McDermott

Adjunct assistant professors: Hassan Bagher-Ebadian, Susan M. Bowyer, Dan Ionascu, Kenneth Jenrow, Tiezhi Zhang, Zheng-Gang Zhang

Special Lecturer: Eugene Surdutovich

Lecturers: Rao Bidthanapally, Sally K. Daniel

Chief Adviser: George Martins


Courses within the Department of Physics are grouped into two categories — pre-professional career programs and experiences in science for students with broad interests in contemporary human culture. The latter are strongly recommended for students planning any of a wide range of careers, including law, business, criminology, art history, music, government, education and journalism. High school students intending to major in physics should refer to the Admissions section of the catalog for specific preparation requirements.

Programs of study lead to the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in physics, medical physics and engineering physics, Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in physics, Master of Science degree in physics, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in biomedical sciences with specialization in medical physics.

The Bachelor of Science in physics is intended for students who plan to become professional scientists. It qualifies students for graduate studies in physical sciences or research positions in government and industry. Students pursuing this degree should consult with faculty members on different available specialties.

The Bachelor of Arts in physics is primarily designed for students who desire a broader, less professionally specialized background in physics. The minor in physics is available for students who want to supplement their work in other fields with an introduction to physics. A secondary teaching minor in physics is available.

The Bachelor of Science in medical physics is based on a group of physics courses plus relevant biology, chemistry and mathematics courses. These students take ”Biological Physics” and ”Medical Physics.” The degree, with the addition of select biology courses, offers an excellent preparation for medical school.  Students should consult an adviser in pre-medical studies regarding the selection of these courses.

The Bachelor of Science in engineering physics, which is offered jointly with the School of Engineering and Computer Science, is intended for well-qualified students who seek a broad education in physics and mathematics along with basic preparation in engineering.

All physics majors, during the semester they plan to graduate, will be required to complete an assessment test. The purpose of this test is to determine how well students are achieving the goals of the learning objectives in their major. The results of this test will have no impact on a student’s graduation status.


Chief adviser: George Martins

Advisers in the various physics fields are professors David Garfinkle (astrophysics), Alberto Rojo (secondary teacher education program), Bradley Roth (medical physics, biophysics), Andrei Slavin (engineering physics, geophysics), and Gopalan Srinivasan (materials physics). Independent research projects are available in each area.

Departmental Honors

Departmental honors may be awarded to students on the basis of high academic achievement and either independent research or meritorious service to the Department of Physics.

Schedule of classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes:




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