Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography

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Physics and Physical Oceanography


The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography stands in solidarity with the victims of police brutality, their families, and those who are protesting racism in the wake of the brutal killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others.  Our Department also acknowledges that these events are additional examples of a larger system of social, economic, and academic injustice that marginalizes and dehumanizes our fellow citizens.   It has always been our aim to embrace all students regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, and veteran status.  However as we witness the pain, anger, and unrest across the country, we offer a renewed commitment to maintaining a welcoming environment for all students.  We also recognize that we can do more in bringing greater diversity to the fields of physics, physical oceanography, and coastal engineering.  Moving forward, we will be considering all measures within our powers to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography.


The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography provides quality programs leading to B.S. and B.A. degrees in Physics, Coastal Engineering, or 3+2 Physics/Electrical Engineering degrees.
Within a physics degree, students have an option of General Physics, Applied Physics, Environmental Physics, or Physical Oceanography.

We provide courses that stimulate intellectual curiosity, imagination, rational thinking, and thoughtful expression, and we have a strong commitment to providing research opportunities for students in our department.

Please feel free to wander our website. Here you will find how our department excels in teaching, research, and service.

 BS Physics

BA Physics

BS Coastal Engineering