The physics department provides courses for those students who enjoy learning about the physical laws that govern the universe. A study of physics encourages students to develop an understanding of the natural world and its physical laws, enhance problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and deepen students' appreciation for the created universe. Physics is the most basic of the natural sciences. Its domain includes the study of the smallest fundamental particles of nature and the largest aggregations of galaxies in the universe, and includes the universe itself, in space and time. It is a study of forces and symmetry and conservation principles. The language of physics is mathematics, and the deepest understanding and the most elegant expressions of physics are communicated symbolically through mathematics.
The department provides courses in support of other programs of the college, such as mathematics, chemistry, computer science, exercise science and biology, and for those students pursuing a pre-engineering curriculum. Students may earn a college minor in physics.
Students pursuing careers in mathematics, computer science, chemistry and biology will want to include as much physics as their programs allow.
Students desiring to pursue careers in physics may choose to consider completing a combination of mathematics and physics at Huntington as a strong foundation for graduate study in physics. There are rich career options for those having a physics background.
Students interested in teaching physics at the high school or middle school level in Indiana may complete the physical science teacher licensing program described in the Department of Chemistry. Students preparing to teach mathematics or life science are encouraged to complete a college minor in physics to strengthen their license and give them greater employment options.
Pre-engineering students should take one to two years of physics and chemistry, in addition to two years of mathematics, following the recommendations of the university from which they intend to complete their engineering program.
Students interested in the study of physics may take courses in support of their major or complete a designated sequence leading to a minor. Students desiring a minor in physics complete PH 211/L, 212/L, 321, 323; two from 261, 271, and 421; and CH 361 or MA 371, to total 22 hours.
Students preparing to teach mathematics, chemistry or biology are encouraged to complete a University minor in physics to strengthen their preparation and give them greater employment options.
Students desiring to complete an engineering program are encouraged to take as much physics, chemistry and mathematics course work as possible prior to transferring to a university that offers the engineering program of interest. Recommended courses include PH 211-212, 261, 321, 323, 421; MA 171-172, 273, 371, 311, 471; and CH 161-162, 361-371.
Students planning to take PH 211-212 must have MA 141 College Algebra and Trigonometry or math placement, or introductory calculus.