Jun 22, 2024  


Haughey Hall, Room 211

Margarita C. K. Mattingly, Chair
Gary W. Burdick
G. Brendan Cross
Mickey D. Kutzner
Tiffany Z. Summerscales
Stephen C. Thorman

Adjunct Faculty 
Lonnie Pierce

Ronald L. Johnson, Director, Physics Enterprises
Robert E. Kingman
S. Clark Rowland


Advance the appreciation, understanding and application of physics in the context of personal integrity and service, scientific rigor, and Seventh-day Adventist faith.


  1. Create an environment of scholarly inquiry, learning, and creativity
  2. Develop technical, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  3. Provide opportunities for intellectual independence, collaboration, and outreach
  4. Promote personal wholeness, integrity, balance, and spiritual well-being

Student and Faculty Goals

  1. Understand physics ideas, principles and interpretation, supporting and participating in research and education
  2. Measure, analyze and model physical phenomena, lending insight to other disciplines and professions
  3. Communicate scholarship in written and oral form, networking with scholarly, faith, and civic communities
  4. Connect scientific and religious world views, serving the Seventh-day Adventist Church and society

Physics describes the world in terms of matter and energy and relates phenomena to fundamental law using mathematical representations. Its scope includes systems that range in size from the sub-nuclear to the entire cosmos.

The BS: Physics program supports and enhances professional careers in all the physical sciences, engineering, and the life sciences. Its emphasis on problem-solving also provides a foundation for careers in medicine, business, law,  and government.

The BS: Biophysics program prepares the graduate for direct entry into the workforce or advanced studies in medical and bioengineering fields as well as biophysics.

The BS: Physics Education program prepares the graduate for a career in secondary teaching.

The Major in Physics Studies is an add-on degree program that complements any baccalaureate degree without incurring additional general education requirements. It strengthens and expands marketability and interdisciplinary opportunities.

A Minor in Physics complements any baccalaureate degree. It is the minimum requirement for secondary teaching certification in physics. All physics majors and minors desiring certification should consult with the School of Education throughout their program.


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