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Physics and Astronomy
The Department of Physics at Radford University offers dynamic programs for students interested in pursuing their Physics degree and taking that degree into a number of fields after graduation. The department offers four concentrations within the physics major so that students can customize their experience. Those concentrations are Experimental and Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics, Biophysics, and Physics Education.
We are committed to quality undergraduate education, with emphasis on hands-on education. Our faculty work with students in a number of individual ways to enhance their regular coursework. Ongoing research projects include work in surface physics (scanning tunneling microscopy), observational astronomy, geophysics, microcontroller-based sensor design, and others.
A State-of-the-Art Physics Education
Choose between four concentrations within the physics major: physics, biophysics, Earth & space science and physics education.
Learn from faculty members from the best academic programs in the country from diverse academic specialties.
The physics/engineering dual degree program provides a holistic education, developing skills both as an engineer and as a scientist.
The physics program has dedicated professors who are truly invested in the improvement of their students. Every one of my professors has cultivated something in me that I believe has made me a better student and a better person. With my professors, I have traveled to Nashville to observe the total solar eclipse for the Citizen CATE Experiment and I will be going to Alaska to conduct research with the equipment I built.
In addition to its academic majors and minors, the Physics Department also runs the Radford University Planetarium, coordinates the Radford University Science Days outreach program, coordinates the Alaska research trip and conducts additional undergraduate research.