The information presented here is as of 7/29/2011.
PHYSICS (Div. III)
Professor DANIEL AALBERTS
Professors: AALBERTS, S. BOLTON*, K. JONES, MAJUMDER, STRAIT***, WOOTTERS. Associate Professors: TUCKER-SMITH. Assistant Professors:
LOPES*, STRAUCH*. Visiting Assistant Professor: SEIFERT. Laboratory Supervisor: FORKEY.
What is light? How does a transistor work? What is a black hole? Why are metals shiny? What is the wave/particle duality? There are people for whom questions like these are of
more than passing interest; some of them become Physics or Astrophysics majors. A physics student experiments with the phenomena by which the physical world is known and
explores the mathematical techniques and theories that make sense of it. A Physics or Astrophysics major serves as preparation for further work in physics, astrophysics, applied
physics, other sciences, engineering, medical research, science teaching and writing, and other careers involving insight into the fundamental principles of nature.
The Physics Department, in cooperation with the Astronomy Department, offers a major in astrophysics consisting of (at least): 6 or 7 courses in Physics, 3 or 4 in Astronomy, and
1 in Mathematics. The core sequence of the Astrophysics major is the same as the Physics major described below (except that Physics 302, although strongly recommended, is not
required). Students intending to pursue graduate study in astrophysics will need to take upper-level physics electives beyond the basic requirements for the major. Honors work in
Astrophysics may be in either physics or astronomy. Students majoring in Astrophysics are expected to consult early and often with faculty from both departments in determining
their course selections. The detailed description of the Astrophysics major is given under "Astronomy," along with a description of the Astronomy major also offered by that depart-
Students considering a major in physics should take both physics and mathematics as first-year students. A student normally begins with either Physics 131 or Physics 141: