Physics Major

The Drury physics program is strongly oriented toward student learning and success. Our courses in both the major and minor prepare students for graduate studies in physics, math, computing and other fields; professional careers in medicine, law, or teaching; and—in concert with our Dual-Degree Engineering Program—a career in engineering.

The physics faculty are committed to student learning and the use of modeling in physics instruction and developing student understanding throughout the curriculum. Faculty are committed to involving students in meaningful research as a part of learning.

Each teaching laboratory is equipped with computers interfaced with a wide variety of sensors for collecting and analyzing data in real time, from experiments involving motion, temperature, force, sound, electrical and magnetic and other phenomena. The department’s resources include a computing cluster of three 12-core computers with biophysics/biochemistry software, high speed cameras, and a suite of 8- to 14-inch telescopes with CCD cameras and computer control for color imaging.

The physics major requires 57 credit hours of coursework.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.