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Physics Program

Physics is the study of the natural world, based on understanding its most fundamental workings. Physicists explore natural systems and phenomena such as photons, quarks, atoms, solids, nanostructures, liquid crystals, superconductors, plasmas, planetary climates, stars, quasars, galaxies and black holes. Physics provides both a fundamental understanding of nature and contributes to technological developments in fields such as nanotechnology, semiconductors, lasers, magnetic resonance, and space exploration.

The physics program at Colorado Mesa University offers a Bachelor of Science in Physics degree. The program is designed to prepare students for graduate school in physics and related sciences or careers in physics and associated scientific and technical fields. Specifically the program aims to equip graduates with:

  • the ability to use the core disciplines of classical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum theory and statistical physics,
  • strong analytical and mathematical skills for understanding physical scenarios,
  • laboratory skills,
  • the ability to communicate effectively about topics in the physical sciences, and
  • the ability to use knowledge from various branches of physics to address significant and complex problems in the subject.

These skills are useful in a wide range of disciplines and CMU Physics graduates have used them while continuing on to:

  • graduate school in physics, engineering, atmospheric and planetary sciences,
  • medical school,
  • technical careers in industry, defense, engineering and materials science firms,
  • research in national and defense laboratories, and
  • teaching.

The physics program at CMU is dedicated to providing an excellent undergraduate physics education via a welcoming and collegial environment in which students can learn in close collaboration with faculty members. Highlights include:

  • low student-to-teacher ratios,Intermediate laboratory
  • individual assistance and mentoring from faculty,
  • encouragement of a strong community of physics students, and
  • active involvement of undergraduates in faculty research.

There is an active Society of Physics Students (SPS) chapter at CMU and this has received several national awards for outstanding chapter and outstanding chapter advisor. SPS members have organized and presented work at zone conferences held at CMU.


Current trends in employment and post baccalaureate paths


Contact Information:

  • Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences
    970.248.1993

  • Prof. David Collins,
    Physics Program Coordinator
    970.248.1787
    email: dacollin@coloradomesa.edu

  • Prof. Russ Walker,
    Department Head, Physical and Environmental Sciences
    970.248.1162
    email: rwalker@coloradomesa.edu