We have developed a series of math modules to teach the mathematics needed for the upper-level courses:
- Physics 201: Scientific programming using Matlab
- Physics 202: Using complex numbers to solve the oscillator differential equation
- Physics 203: Fourier series and Fourier transform
- Physics 204: Divergence, gradient, curl; line, surface and volume integrals; series solutions to partial differential equations
Our flexible upper-level course structure departs from the traditional sequence of courses required to prepare students for graduate school in physics. All upper-level courses are taught every other year. The result is that we offer a wider variety of upper-level courses than most liberal arts colleges, and you are free to choose courses based on your interests.
You are encouraged to become involved in faculty research both in summer projects and during the academic year. Additionally, in the fall semester of the senior year, all students enroll in Physics 410, Advanced Topics and Experiments, in which you will complete an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member.
As part of the course, you will give several presentations on your research and write a research paper. Faculty work closely with students to polish these presentations. Many students choose to continue their projects in the spring semester as an independent studies course. This research frequently results in publications in which undergraduates are co-authors.