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Welcome to the Radford University Physics/Physical Science Alumni page. To keep our growing cadre of alumni informed about events and changes to our program we started the Radford University Physics/Physical Science Alumni Newsletter. Please check these out, and then let us know how you are doing (and what you are doing, along with where you are doing these things!). We would love to hear from you.
Starting in the early 1990s Radford University offered two options with the Physical Science Major, the Physics Option and the Physical Science Option. In the summer of 2006, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) reclassified what had been called the Physical Science Major at RU to the Physics Major.
The Physics major now has three concentrations--Physics, Earth & Space Science and Physics Education. A number of our alumni will recognize their concentrations in somewhat expanded format within these three concentrations.
The Physics concentration is the preferred concentration for those who want to continue their physics education through graduate school. This concentration is also one of two (the other being Earth & Space Science Concentration) for our students in our Dual-Degree Engineering program with Virginia Tech. The Earth & Space Science Concentration is geared more towards those who want to go straight into industry right out of school. In this concentration, students have the flexibility to take a number of applied physics classes. This would also be the concentration of choice for those who wish to pursue a career in astronomy, taking our upper level observational (ASTR 310) and theoretical (ASTR 421, 422) astronomy classes. The Physics Education Concentration is for those wanting a career in high school teaching. Students who start this concentration their freshman year can complete the physics requirements as well as receive their teaching certification within their 4 years at Radford.
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