Physics

BECOME A CATHOLIC PHYSICIST

Physics majors are prepared to embark on a wide variety of post-baccalaureate careers. But your vocation in physics involves more than just science. Your studies and research at AMU, grounded in a Catholic liberal arts education, will prepare you to use science and technology to serve the common good.

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BECOME A CATHOLIC PHYSICIST

Physics majors are prepared to embark on a wide variety of post-baccalaureate careers. But your vocation in physics involves more than just science. Your studies and research at AMU, grounded in a Catholic liberal arts education, will prepare you to use science and technology to serve the common good.

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Skills You will Gain

1. Critical thinking and problem solving. Sharpen your scientific mind as you immerse yourself in rigorous courses and laboratories. The AMU faculty gives you individual attention every step of the way.

2. Research. Surrounded by expert faculty active in scholarship and research, you’ll develop the style for professional scientific writing so you can contribute your own work someday.

3. Data analysis. A highly sought-after skill. After running an experiment, translate complex sets of data into a clear, thorough report.

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Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Email:

tony.barbosa@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1584

Office:

Henkels 3050

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Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Email:

rodney.burton@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7963

Office:

Henkels 3027

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Instructor of Chemistry

Email:

ronald.freeze@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7027

Office:

Henkels 3037

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Assistant Professor of Physics

Email:

daniel.sadasivan@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 348-4705

Office:

Henkels 3047A

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Chair of the Chemistry and Physics Department; Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Email:

stephen.thong@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7940

Office:

Henkels 3048

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Associate Professor of Physics

Email:

alex.tsai@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1607

Office:

Henkels 2047

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FAST FACTS

The physics major program at AMU has four points of emphasis:

  1. Acquisition of the subject material: We offer a challenging introduction to the scientific discipline of physics through rigorous sequences of courses and associated laboratories. We provide individual attention to our students, which goes well beyond merely imparting information, and allows us to assist them in developing complex problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
  2. Experiment: The laboratory components of the physics major program introduce the essentials of scientific experimentation. The program culminates in the Advanced Laboratory capstone.
  3. Research: Program faculty members are active in scholarship and research. We are committed to fostering an appreciation for research among physics students. We also encourage interested and capable undergraduates to participate in faculty-led research activities.
  4. Vocational variety: Physics majors are prepared to embark on a wide variety of post-baccalaureate careers. AMU physics students have gone on to enter graduate programs in physics, chemical engineering, software engineering, and statistics; to serve in the military; to work in a high-tech industrial laboratory setting; to write actuarial exams; and to teach K-12 science.

INTERNSHIPS & CAREERS

Careers
The American Physical Society (APS), http://www.aps.org, has data and distilled wisdom/advice pertinent to career arcs of physics majors. See especially:  http://www.aps.org/careers/index.cfm.

Internships
Past physics majors have participated in (external, competitive) Research Experience for Undergraduates programs and internships.

REQUIRED COURSES

Required Courses for the Major

CHEM 125 General Chemistry I

CSCI 151 Introduction to Computer Programming

MATH 151 Calculus I

MATH 250 Calculus II

MATH 251 Vector Calculus

MATH 252 Ordinary Differential Equations

PHYS 221 University Physics: Mechanics

PHYS 222 University Physics: Materials

PHYS 223 University Physics: Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 321 Modern Physics

PHYS 490 Advanced Laboratory

Elective Courses (Choose at least 16 credits)

CSCI 350 Automata Theory

PHYS 197 Undergraduate Research

PHYS 226 Mathematical Methods for Introductory Physics I

PHYS 297 Undergraduate Research

PHYS 310 Mechatronics

PHYS 330 Intermediate Mechanics

PHYS 341 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

PHYS 350 Intermediate Electromagnetism

PHYS 355 Electric Circuits with laboratory

PHYS 361 Quantum Mechanics I

PHYS 362 Quantum Mechanics II

PHYS 386 Simulations in Physics

PHYS 397 Undergraduate Research

PHYS 400 Cyberphysical Systems and Electronics

PHYS 415 Special Topics

PHYS 497 Undergraduate Research

Minor in Physics

The physics minor program is intended for students who wish to acquire some of the benefits of a physics education while majoring in another field of study. The minor program consists of six courses: MATH 151, MATH 250 (Calculus I/II), PHYS221, PHYS 222, while the remaining two may be taken from the set of all physics classes numbered PHYS 223 and higher. Each physics research module, including PHYS 197, PHYS 297, PHYS 397, and PHYS 497, counts as half a physics elective.

DEPARTMENTAL MESSAGE

In conjunction with the University’s Core curriculum, we strive to provide a first-rate education in the sciences and humanities in an environment that is authentically Catholic. In particular, we believe that the physical sciences are not simply technological disciplines, but are truly liberal arts in which we seek to know truth for its own sake.

Physics was born from the contemplation of the rationality of the material world. The Physics major provides students the opportunity to read the book of nature and to know the beauty of its composer.

“Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.”
– Albert Einstein

“Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not… to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are.”
– Richard Feynman

“The creation of Physics is the shared heritage of all mankind.”
– Abdus Salam

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