Physics (B.S.)

Program Summary

Samford University’s Physics Department offers a four-year course of study leading to a bachelor of science degree in either physics or engineering physics. A minor in physics is also available, as are the bachelor of arts degree for the preprofessional programs. The curriculum is composed of classic physics courses presented in a modern technological setting. They include General Physics, Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Modern Physics, Optics, Thermal Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Electronics, and Nuclear Physics. Small class sizes guarantee individual attention for each student.

Objectives & Goals

The Physics Department encourages and supports undergraduate research by majors. Physics majors may join in the research being done by the physics faculty, or they may apply for summer research positions at other universities. Laboratory assistantships are also available for a variety of classes taught during Samford’s fall, spring and summer terms.

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Is This Program for Me?

A successful physics student will be hard working and diligent in asking questions.

What Makes Us Different?

Samford University’s Physics Department resides in Propst Hall, dedicated in 2001. The Department continues to provide all Samford students with a firm understanding of this most basic of sciences and to introduce them to research opportunities at a nationally competitive level. The Christenberry Planetarium of Propst Hall, a world-class planetarium, is perhaps the most spectacular contribution to the Physics Department’s mission. Its 40-foot dome, fully automated, 200 degree panorama projection system and theater-quality sound immerse astrophysics students in the specific astral setting they’re studying. The 96-seat planetarium is the largest in an Alabama teaching institution, one of only two in the South, one of fewer than half-a-dozen in the entire nation and one of fewer than half a dozen high-technology, large-scale, immersive video theaters in the world.

Career Preparation

Market Ready

Samford’s Physics Department is associated with the American Institute of Physics [AIP] through its student chapter of the Society of Physics Students [SPS]. The AIP is a membership corporation of major societies in the discipline of physics. The institute’s purpose is the advancement of the knowledge of physics throughout the world. As the world’s leading publisher of scientific journals, the AIP also acts as a clearinghouse for information about research, teaching assistantships and job opportunities. Over 7,500 students participate in 550 chapters of SPS on campuses across the country.

Career Opportunities

Physics is the foundation science of the 21st century. The new millennium is characterized by rapid technological development and ever-increasing orientation of the economy toward the physical sciences. This has led to a growing need for physical scientists. A physics education provides a set of skills that makes students valued employees in many settings and unlocks doors to employment opportunities throughout the world. The study of physics provides an excellent foundation for a scientific career. A basic understanding of physics is indispensable for students studying biology, geology, chemistry, and engineering.

Internships

Students have recently interned with:

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

Fellowships

  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Washington University at St. Louis