Physics is the study of how and why things work within the
context of a few fundamental laws.
The goal of our physics curriculum is twofold. First, we wish
to acquaint students with basic natural phenomena such as motion,
light, heat, electricity and atoms. However, the most important
goal is to provide students with skill in theoretical analysis
and the quantitative methods of experimentation through which
we come to understand natural phenomena.
Physics classes provide an excellent preparation for students
planning a technical career in physics, engineering, astronomy
or interdisciplinary programs such as environmental science.
In addition, physics supports the background training of biologists,
chemists, and computer scientists.
The unique feature of a liberal arts physics program is to
produce technically literate scientists who also have a broad
understanding of the world beyond the laboratory.