Department Chair - Ryan K. Haaland
Professors - Gerald Crawford and Ryan Haaland
Visiting Assistant Professor - Charles Hakes
The Bachelor of Science degree in Physics is designed to allow students to commence graduate work in physics or astrophysics; to obtain technical positions in industry in areas including energy science, engineering, electronics, optics, medical physics, and many more; or to obtain preparation for secondary certification for teaching physics in public schools. The geologist, engineer, chemist, and biologist all deal with matter and energy in their various forms. Since physicists probe the physical laws underlying all physical processes, the study of physics is the cornerstone for all the natural sciences.
The physics curriculum is predicated upon the role physicists play in a modern, technological society that is currently experiencing shortages of trained personnel in various scientific areas and in science education. Coursework in physics will provide the student pursuing entrance to graduate school in physics or astronomy with a strong grounding in mathematics and physics, while being immersed in an atmosphere of a broad, liberal education in the humanities and social sciences. This curriculum enables a student to enter applied technical fields in industry such as electronics, optics, and aerospace, where there is currently a high demand. Students seeking a degree in physics should consult early in their college career with members of the Physics Department.
Fort Lewis College offers three options to the BS degree in physics: traditional Physics, an ABET-accredited option in Engineering-Physics, and preparation for secondary education teachers in physical science. A minor in physics is available for students majoring in other disciplines; a minor in engineering is also available.
All courses used to meet Physics options and minor requirements must be passed with a grade of C- or higher, with the exception of Phys and Engr 496 and 497.
Majors and Minors in Physics:
Physics Major - Engineering Physics Option
Physics Major - Physics for Secondary Teachers Option
Physics Major - Physics Option