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, physics with teaching certification and engineering

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.  

Students have the option to engage in research and internships with Henderson State University's Department of Engineering and Physics.

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. 

Educational objectives

  • Graduates meet or exceed the expectations of employers of engineering physics majors. 
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced studies, if desired.

Student outcomes

The department has adopted the following physics student outcomes:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.


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 four electives from a large selection of courses.


  • High School Teacher
  • Geoscientist
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Physicist
  • Nuclear Engineer

Related information


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