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Department News

Charles 'Bud' Skov, professor emeritus of physics, passes away at 81

Estate gift funds Adolphson Observatory atop Center for Science and Business

DeCook and Johnson (both left) continue MC's golf/physics tradition

Solving global hunger can happen, say Thurow (left), panelists at MC symposium

Damiani, CEO of iVision, to speak at MC about that intersection

Kieft Summer Research particpants break in Center for Science and Business

'A new academic era' begins with dedication of Center for Science and Business

Whiteman Lecture advice by QED founder Fujita '92 includes positive attitude

Fujita '92, fast-rising entrepreneur, to speak at alma mater on March 20

Time capsule ceremony at new building is a sign that construction's nearly complete

Physics Overview

Physics students at Monmouth learn how to form interesting questions, develop models, construct analytical and computational solutions, and apply those skills to all kinds of interesting systems. Our small classes and our close relationship to our students make for an excellent educational experience. We know our students well and we work closely with them to engage them in all kinds of activities, including lecture, lab, undergraduate research, and independent projects. We have the ability to tailor our class offerings and projects to the interests of our students.

Many of our Physics students participate in our "Dual Degree Program"--a program where a student spends 3 or 4 years at Monmouth, usually majoring in Physics, and then studying engineering at one of the campuses that we have cooperative agreements with. Right now, we have cooperative agreements with Washington University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Southern California. Upon completing his or her studies in engineering, a student receives a B.A. in his or her major from Monmouth and a B.S. in Engineering from the university where they studied engineering.

Physics is a challenging major that will give you the ability to pursue a career in almost any field that you can imagine. We would love to have you visit with us to talk about how physics at Monmouth College might be the right field for you.
 
Facilities/Equipment
The Physics Department has computing facilities that are not often found at a small college due to the new $40 million Center for Science and Business. The Nuclear Lab has 30-inch walls to protect the cobalt source, and features a neutron generator and high-purity germanium detector.
 
The Physics program incorporates spacious teaching laboratories, smaller laboratories for individual projects, and a small shop. The depart-ment has a Schmidt-Cassegrain, computer-driven telescope for use in the introductory astronomy course and a digital SLR camera. A grid computer allows high-performance scientific computing for a range of projects in both Physics and Engineering. In addition to the grid computer, we have a wide array of computers for students to use, including new dual iMacs that can run a variety of operating systems in virtualization and are able to run ArcView (a sophisticated mapping program), SGI workstations, and Sun Sparc stations.
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Student "Scotlight"

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Family tradition of attending Monmouth College continues