Mar 04, 2021  
ARCHIVED 2015-16 SA&S Crete Campus Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2015-16 SA&S Crete Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics and Engineering

Professor Wentworth
Assistant Professor Enders

Physics is concerned with basic questions about the structure and behavior of the physical universe: the description and causes of motion, the nature of energy and energy changes in systems, the interactions between particles, the relationship between structure and behavior the macroscopic behavior of a system and its microscopic parts. It is both a foundation for understanding other sciences, such as astronomy, chemistry and biology, and a source of practical knowledge used by the engineering disciplines, which promote technological advances.

Engineering is concerned with using the tools of science and mathematics to solve real world problems.  It is intrinsically interdisciplinary, involving knowledge from the natural sciences, computer science, and mathematics and informed by an understanding of the social and cultural context in which a problem solution must be provided. 

The Department of Physics and Engineering offers two majors and one minor.  A physics major is offered with three emphases.  An engineering physics major is offered for students wanting more applications oriented experiences as preparation for an engineering career or graduate work in engineering.