Department of Physics

Mathematics and Science Center, Room 190
146 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309
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(248) 370-3416
Fax: (248) 370-3408

Student News 
During the 2010-2011 academic year, 2,939 students were enrolled in physics courses, which marks a 10%-increase from the previous year.

Society of Physics Students

The Society of Physics Students at Oakland University was re-established in May 2007 after being inactive for two years. Currently, it consists of approximately 20 members. Current officers: Dr. Alberto Rojo is the Faculty Adviser.  The society's office is in 288 Hannah Hall of Science, and anyone is welcome when the door is open. Please feel free to walk in at any time. The society offers free tutoring and homework assistance in physics and physics-related mathematics. It hosts the Physics Meet and Greet every fall, where students can meet and enjoy lunch while being introduced to Physics Department faculty and learning about their research. The society holds regular meetings during the school week; the dates for those meetings can be found on the Facebook group page, SPS at Oakland University. The society also attempts to hold at least one fundraiser per semester (bake sale!!), so it can do extra events. Members regularly hang out in the office and love having new people stop by. The society hosted a Catapult Contest during the Fall 2008 and Winter 2011 semesters and hopes to make it an annual event.  We are also planning various other competitions and get-togethers that are open to everyone.  We hope to see you around!

Academic Programs in Physics

Courses within the Department of Physics are grouped into two categories: preprofessional career programs and experiences in science for students with broad interests in contemporary human culture. The latter is strongly recommended for students planning any of a wide range of careers, including law, business, criminology, art history, music, government, education and journalism. High school students intending to major in physics should refer to the Admissions section of the catalog for specific preparation requirements. Programs of study lead to the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in physics, medical physics and engineering physics, Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in physics, Master of Science degree in physics, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in biomedical sciences with specialization in medical physics.

The Bachelor of Science in Physics is for students who plan to become professional scientists. It qualifies students for graduate studies in physical sciences or research positions in government and industry. Students pursuing this degree should consult with faculty members on the different available specialties.

The Bachelor of Arts in Physics is primarily designed for students who desire a broader, less professionally specialized background in physics. The minor in physics is available for students who want to supplement their work in other fields with an introduction to physics. A secondary teaching minor in physics is available.

The Bachelor of Science in Medical Physics is based on a group of physics courses plus relevant biology, chemistry and mathematics courses. The degree, with the addition of select biology courses, offers an excellent College of Arts and Sciences 321 preparation for medical school. Students should consult an adviser in premedical studies regarding the selection of these courses.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, which is offered jointly with the School of Engineering and Computer Science, is for well-qualified students who seek a broad education in physics and mathematics along with basic preparation in engineering.

The Master of Science in Physics consists of courses, research, seminar participation and a final research report or critical essay. A formal thesis is not required. Students receiving this degree will be prepared to work toward the Doctor of Philosophy in physics to teach at the junior college level or to work in industry.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences with specialization in medical physics is for students who plan careers in medical research in industrial, hospital and academic settings. The curriculum prepares students to engage in research in areas of physics applied to medicine.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Computational Physics will prepare graduates for industry and academic careers in areas related to various experimental and theoretical aspects of one of the largest fields in physics: Materials science..

William A. Breitmoser Jr. Scholarship in Physics Application