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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics (BS)

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Physics Department


Physicists study the world around us in order to discover the basic principles or laws which govern the natural world. As a physicist you can:

  • Seek to understand the origin of the universe and the ultimate structure of matter;
  • Study the principles underlying the structure of materials in order to design faster computer chips or improved liquid crystals used for electronic displays;
  • Work in hands-on lab courses studying laser-based optics, learn electronic instrumentation for the physical sciences including the computer acquisition and analysis of data, and use modern lab equipment such as the electron spin resonance spectrometer which can detect the radiation from individual atoms;
  • Acquire the theoretical and experimental background for work in areas such as acoustics, astrophysics, biophysics, chemical physics, computer science, education mathematical physics, and engineering.

Developments in science and technology move very fast and a degree in Physics provides you with the fundamental tools, which you will need in order to attack the scientific and technological problems of this millennium.

An undergraduate degree in Physics gives students a broad, deep, rigorous understanding to solve many types of quantitative problems, a skill which is useful to many different careers in computers, engineering, finance, etc. With the rapid and unpredictable pace and direction of technological advance, training in physics gives the undergraduate their most important skill, namely the ability to think clearly and rigorously about a technical problem which may arise in the workplace.

Students seeking state certification in secondary education must also complete requirements for a Master of Education degree, a one-year program at SRU.  All of our programs are designed to steadily develop the quantitative, deductive and inductive reasoning skills that physicists must have.  

New Concentration in Computational Biophysics is available as an optional component to the B.S. Physics degree.

Requirements for the Major

BS Physics - Computational Physics Track

Computational Physics combines physics, computer science and applied mathematics in order to provide scientific solutions to realistic and complex problems. Physicists have very precise mathematical theories describing how physical systems will behave. Unfortunately, very often the theory’s equations are so complex that solving them analytically is not realistic. This is where the computational physicists come in. With the use of computers, they perform these complex calculations that cannot be done using the traditional techniques.

Concentration in Computational Biophysics

Advances in genetics and molecular biology, and the impetus of the genome project, has generated a need for using computational sciences to understand biological processes. The proposed concentration is to prepare students in the interdisciplinary areas of BioInformatics and Biophysics consisting of coursework from biology, computer science, chemistry, mathematics and physics. The concentration in computational biophysics will allow students to either obtain jobs or pursue graduate school in the areas of biophysics, bioinformatics, cellular and systems biology, genomics and proteomics, molecular structural biology, biochemistry, drug discovery, drug design, protein structure, gene finding and genome assembly to name a few.

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