Our Department

The Department of Physics and Geology offers a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Physics and minors in Geology, Physical Science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Physics. It also offers secondary and elementary teaching fields in Physics, Physical science, and Earth science. The department also offers a Masters of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS).

Our program includes interdisciplinary research and teaching that brings the unique perspectives of physics and geology to scientific problems at many spatial and temporal scales. Our areas of expertise encompass a range of physics and geology disciplines. This currently includes Atomic, Environmental, Molecular, Nuclear, and Particle Physics, Photonics, Material Science, Physics Education, nanostructures/technology, Geophysics, and Earth Science. Students are encouraged to actively participate in research endeavors being carried out by faculty.

The department facilities support a range of research methods including theoretical, experimental, and field work. Research facilities include a number of experimental labs including remote sensing and GPS systems, a gamma detector, a synthesis lab for organic conductors, and a Novel Transport Phenomena Lab. Departmental computational facilities include a GIS/Remote Sensing Lab and an 8-node computer cluster (for parallel computations).