Department Chair: Laurie Williams
Professors: Gerald Crawford and Laurie Williams
Associate Professor: Tarek Elarabi, Patrick (Devin) Leahy, William Nollet, Megan Paciaroni and Ryan Smith
Assistant Professors: Christie Chatterly, Jeffrey Jessing and Yiyan Li
Senior Lecturer: Charles Hakes
Lecturer: Randall Palmer
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 industries 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 and Engineering Department.
Fort Lewis College offers the traditional BS degree in Physics. 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.
Major in Physics
Minor in Physics