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Department of Physics


The Department of Physics defines its mission in the context of academic excellence and scientific rigor. Our responsibility is to prepare students for careers in physics and technical fields, but because Physics as a discipline is a bridge between technology and society, we are committed to bringing an understanding of science to both the student population and the campus community at large.

Furthermore, the Department is committed to presenting physics to all of our students in a way that conveys our individual and collective excitement about our discipline. In this way we encourage students to develop an interest in and a curiosity about physics and science.  As we prepare our students to move beyond their undergraduate education, we strive to provide community and mentorship.

Our goal for all students enrolled in physics is to provide:
• an opportunity to develop and hone problems-solving skills
• a solid grounding in the methods of scientific inquiry
• a knowledge base on which to build decision-making skills

Our goal for all physics majors is to provide:
• an excellent preparation for either graduate school or a career in a scientific or technical field
• an opportunity to take a meaningful role in faculty research
• an opportunity to develop presentation skills, particularly as they pertain to scientific and technical presentations



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“At HSU my schedule in any given semester was likely to include chemistry and philosophy, or biology and history, or physics and literature. That juxtaposition of ideas helped me understand things in ways that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. A physicist who has learned how to think like a historian, or like a biologist, or like a philosopher is much better equipped to solve a wide variety of complex problems than someone who has mastered some quantity of technical information.”

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Dr. Anthony P. LyonsBachelor of Science - Physics, 1988
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