2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook


Department of Physics

Website: http://www.marietta.edu/physics-department

Chair: Dennis E. Kuhl (dennis.kuhl@marietta.edu)

Administrative Assistant: Andrea Richardson

The Physics Program at Marietta College provides students with a rigorous and thorough background in theoretical, experimental, and computational physics.

The Physics Major is intended primarily to prepare graduates for entry into respected graduate or professional schools. Through classes, laboratories, directed research, and summer internships, graduates of the program will be well prepared for further study in areas such as physics, applied physics, astronomy, engineering or applied science, science education, medicine, law, or business - to mention a number of the most prominent possibilities.

The Applied Physics Major is intended to prepare students for participation in the engineering school phase of the 3+2 Engineering Dual-Degree Program, licensure as a high school physics teacher, or for entry-level employment in a variety of technical fields immediately following graduation. The final two years of the Applied Physics Major involve selected course work and research chosen from among a variety of applied topics in physics and cognate areas in the sciences, mathematics, computer science, and engineering.

The Physics Minor provides students with a foundation in the tools, techniques, and concepts of physics in order to enhance the study of other fields.

The Astronomy Minor, accessible to motivated students in all disciplines, introduces the manner in which the process and concepts of physical science can be used to address questions in astronomy. With a Physics Major and Astronomy Minor, students will be well prepared to continue their studies of astronomy in graduate school.

The department also has a mission toward non-majors: to introduce students to the basic concepts of physical science and their application in general as well as in their chosen field.