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Welcome to ESU's Physics Department!

For information about the Physics Department, check out the menu on the left or continue reading below for information on our academic programs and courses.  Additional information is available on our Physics FAQ pages (i.e., answers to frequently asked questions), which you can access via the menu on your left.

PROGRAMS

The Physics department offers baccalaureate degree programs in Physics, Earth and Space Science, and Secondary Education (see "Undergraduate Programs" to your left). These programs are designed to prepare students for post-graduate study and/or careers in teaching and engineering, as well as careers in other fields that require knowledge of physics and/or earth and space science.

Student who complete the secondary education programs obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in the content area (e.g., physics) and are then eligible for grades 7-12 teacher certification in Pennsylvania (for their content area).  ESU's Secondary Education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Four baccalaureate degree programs are offered (click on "Undergraduate Programs" to your left for information on each program):

  • A Bachelor of Science with a Physics major is designed for students who seek a strong background in physics. Students can choose between three concentrations:
    • The Professional concentration provides the foundation for graduate student in physics.
    • The Industrial Physics concentration prepares students for careers in industry that require a strong background in physics. The first three years of the industrial physics concentration mirrors the first three years of the Engineering Transfer program within the Bachelor of Arts in Physics.
    • The Earth and Space Science concentration provides a strong base for future study in one or more of the Earth and Space Sciences (i.e., Astronomy, Geology, Meteorology and Oceanography).
  • A Bachelor of Arts with a Physics major is designed for students who seek a broad background in physics. Students can choose between three concentrations:
    • The General concentration provides a broad background in physics along with a few courses that examine areas of interest to the student. Typically, this concentration is chosen in coordination with a major in a related field.
    • The Secondary Education concentration mirrors the general concentration but also includes seven additional courses in education. A graduate of this program will be eligible for Pennsylvania teacher certification in physics for grades 7-12 (dependent on grade point average and qualifying score on teacher examination).
    • With the dual-degree Engineering Transfer Program, students transfer to an ABET-accredited engineering school and, at the completion of the degree there, are eligible for the ESU degree (contingent upon certain requirements; engineering technology degrees are excluded).  In addition, under our agreement with Penn State University, students in certain programs who meet additional requirements are guaranteed acceptance to Penn State University after three years at ESU.  See the Engineering FAQ page for more information.
  • A Bachelor of Arts with an Earth and Space Science major is designed for students who seek a broad background in the earth and space sciences, including astronomy, geology, meteorology and oceanography.  Students can choose between two concentrations:
    • The General concentration provides a broad background in all four areas along with a few courses that examine areas of interest to the student. Typically, this concentration is chosen in coordination with a major in a related field.
    • The Secondary Education concentration mirrors the general concentration but also includes seven additional courses in education. A graduate of this program will be eligible for Pennsylvania teacher certification in earth and space science for grades 7-12 (dependent on grade point average and qualifying score on teacher examination).
  • A Bachelor of Arts with a General Science major is designed for students who seek a broad background in all four areas of science (biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics). Students can choose between two concentrations.
    • The General concentration provides a broad background in science along with a few courses that examine areas of interest to the student. Typically, this concentration is chosen in coordination with a major in a related field.
    • The Secondary Education concentration mirrors the general concentration but also includes seven additional courses in education. A graduate of this program will be eligible for Pennsylvania teacher certification in general science for grades 7-12 (dependent on grade point average and qualifying score on teacher examination). Typically, teachers with this certification teach grades 7-9 (either general science, life science, physical science or earth science).

COURSES

Course descriptions of courses offered by the physics department are available via the menu on the left (click on "Undergraduate Programs" and then "Courses").

  • Course Schedules
  • Courses with webpages
    • PHYS 102 (Physics as a Liberal Art)
    • PHYS 105 (Physics for the Inquiring Mind); Elwood
    • PHYS 110 (Sound, Waves and Light); Elwood
    • PHYS 131 (Fundamental Physics I); Cohen
    • PHYS 161 (Physics I); Elwood
    • PHYS 305 (Physics of the Atmosphere)
    • PHYS 405 (The Development of Modern Physical Science)
    • PHYS 431 (Electromagnetic Theory I)
    • PHYS 432 (Electromagnetic Theory II)
  • Graduate Courses
    • The physics department also has graduate courses in General Science (in cooperation with chemistry), which was designed for those who have already completed their undergraduate careers and want to further their studies of chemistry and/or physics.
    • If you are already certified and teaching and want to take graduate courses in education, you should contact the Secondary Education program, adminstered through the Department of Professional and Secondary Education.
    • If you are already have an undergraduate degree and are looking to obtain teaching certification, you should check out the Intern Teaching program administered by the Department of Professional and Secondary Education.

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