College of Aviation, Science, and Nursing


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.

We offer a traditional Bachelor of Science in Physics degree, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Physics with teacher certification.

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.

Program Educational Objectives

The Department of Engineering and Physics strives to produce outstanding graduates who are successful in their careers. During the first few years following graduation a Henderson State University alumni will:

  • Have a job or a position that utilizes the application of their physics education in the workplace.
  • Have completed professional development activities to enhance their credentials, including the pursuit of advanced degrees 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.


Basil Miller
Professor of Engineering and Physics