Concentration I is for students aiming for careers in physics
Requirements: 54 hours
Physics, originally called natural philosophy, is the study of the physical world. Astronomy is the scientific study of the heavens and began as an independent discipline but came to be closely linked with physics in the 20th century. Physicists and astronomers use experiments and observations to study matter and energy, and to analyze the results and formulate theories using mathematics. Logical thinking and problem solving are emphasized. Aims of the department of physics are to
Prepare physics majors for graduate schools or jobs in government laboratories or industry,
Guide dual-degree engineering students through their three years of education at Berry,
Provide courses in physics and astronomy as a service to other departments,
Help in preparing secondary-school teachers of science, and
Provide scientific training for individuals who enjoy physics and astronomy but want to work in other fields.
Students planning to become certified to teach physics in public secondary schools must complete either concentration in the physics major and a major in secondary education. Students will be assigned an advisor for both majors.