Department of Physical Sciences

Physics & Astronomy

Concord offers a physics minor that can be combined with any major. The minor will help you to broaden your knowledge base with respect to physics, including increasing your problem-solving skills and learning about advances in current research.

Why Get a Physics Minor?

Because physics is fundamental to all sciences. Modern medicine is based upon advances in nuclear and particle physics – Think X-rays, cancer treatments including particle beam lines and radiation therapy, nanoscience drug delivery, and just about every medical device you can find in a hospital from the ordinary to the extreme. Biophysics is a subfield of biology, geophysics is a subfield of geology, and physical chemistry is rooted in quantum mechanics and modern physics. A minor in physics can help advance your career and increase your aptitude as a scientist. 

Concord University Observatory

The Department of Physical Sciences maintains an observatory that is regularly used in our introductory astronomy course, which is a general studies science elective and a requirement for some education programs. The observatory is also used for community outreach. 

CU astronomy observatory

Research and Public Science Outreach

You don't have to be a physics major to undertake physics research or participate in science outreach to the public. Chemistry, biology, and mathematics students have worked on research problems in materials science and nanotechnology, and helped to build and develop a muon telescope to detect astrophysical particles with physics faculty. And geology students have worked on problems in geophysics using Concord's ground penetrating radar (GPR). With the assistance of funds from a science outreach grant from the WV NASA Space Grant Consortium, students and physics faculty interact with K-12 students in different community groups. 

Additional Information

Courses in Physics

Planned Upper-Level Physics Course Rotation (prerequisite for all: Phys 102 or 202, and Math 104):

Spring 2017: Phys 420 Astrophysics and Cosmology (3 hrs)

Fall 2017: Phys 420 Computational Physics (3 hrs)

Spring 2018: Phys 340 Nuclear and Particle Physics (3 hrs)

Fall 2018: Phys 319 Digital Electronics (2 hrs)

Spring 2019: Phys 301 Optics and Wave Phenomena (3 hrs)

Fall 2019: Phys 420 Computational Physics (3 hrs)

For additional information, contact Dr. Hawthorne Allen.