Learning physics by doing physics!

Our physics courses are based on the philosophy that you must construct your own understanding.

Probing nature with experiments, physicists try to find basic principles, usually stated as mathematical models that explain as economically as possible the phenomena they encounter. Anyone can gain an appreciation for physics at the descriptive level, but the field appeals most to people who enjoy solving problems, constructing models, and experimenting with nature.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts, Physics

    To provide background in basic physics, emphasizing laboratory skills and knowledge which students will need in industrial or government employment or a science teaching career; to stress applications of analytical software and mathematical techniques.

  • Minor, Physics

    A student may minor in physics by completing five courses or 18 semester hours as follows: 201, 202, 311, and two additional courses, both of which must be at the 300 or 400 level.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Physics- Teacher Preparation- 6-12 Secondary

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach physics and, under certain circumstances, other related subjects.

  • Bachelor of Science, Physics- Teacher Preparation- 6-12 Secondary

    To enable students to meet Virginia requirements for licensure to teach physics and, under certain circumstances, other related subjects.

  • Bachelor of Science, Physics

    To provide background in basic physics preparing students for entry into graduate school or engineering programs; to stress applications of analytical software and mathematical techniques.

Student Research

  • <h4 class="lw_blurbs_title">Photo-Therapy Robot Project</h4><div class="lw_blurbs_body"><p><img width="600" height="338" alt="Photo-therapy for plants" src="https://www.ehc.edu/live/image/gid/32/width/600/height/338/2110_pastedImage.png" class="lw_image lw_image2110 lw_align_left" data-max-w="600" data-max-h="338"/></p><p>  </p><p> Physics and pre-engineering students are currently involved in a project to design, build, and field-test an automated supplemental-light delivery system that could enable local farmers to productively grow crops not well adapted to the area. This project is being done in cooperation with Kelly Ridge Farms, in Meadowview, Virginia.</p></div>