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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

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Physics is a fundamental science from which nearly all of modern engineering and technology has emerged, and its perspectives on theory and experimentation continue to influence profoundly the evolution of all sciences. It addresses all domains, from the submicroscopic worlds of atoms and quarks to the vast realms of space, from the esoteric to the mundane. It requires imagination and persistence from those who would participate.

The Department of Physics offers a flexible assortment of course work, laboratories, and guided research. Its laboratories are complemented by a variety of general and specialized apparatus; computers are employed in most aspects of experimentation and analysis, at all levels.

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Recommended High School Courses
Advanced Mathematics
Computer Programming