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Physics Department

The department offers both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Physics, programs which prepare students for either graduate study or employment in a technical field. The emphasis on mathematics and critical analysis are attractive to employers.  In recent American Institute of Physics surveys, 96% of the nation’s recipients of bachelor’s degrees were employed or pursuing graduate work one year after graduation.   In addition,  the requirements of the program are flexible enough to accommodate a variety of minors.  People with degrees in physics are working in such varied   fields as health sciences, telecommunications, fiber optics technology, laser applications, computer modeling, science education, and patent law.

We have a very open program at the undergraduate level with the opportunity for students to take special graduate-level courses. There is room for many unrestricted electives; thus allowing a student to tailor a program to her or his individual goals and interests. Since we are part of a university, physics students may take a dual major and courses in a full range of fields such as Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Business, English, Music, Art, and Education. In addition, University of Hartford students may (at no additional charges) take courses at Trinity College and St. Joseph’s College as part of the Greater Hartford Consortium. Our physics majors have gone on to advanced study and careers in such varied fields as research, education, computer-related fields, patent law, and business.

Our classes are kept small. There are usually fewer than 25 students in each of our introductory courses. Our middle and upper level courses usually contain 10 or fewer students, sometimes fewer than 5. All of our upper-level lecture courses are taught by full-time faculty, each of whom has an earned Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in physics. Those faculty are also involved in teaching our introductory courses.

Each of us is currently involved in research in an area of physics such as computational physics, geophysics, astrophysics, fundamentals of quantum physics, and pedagogical advancement. This provides a wide range of opportunities for a student who wishes to become involved in a research project. Such projects are in place here at the University. Our majors have also carried out projects at the University of Connecticut, Yale University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and at research centers overseas.