Physics Major Close Sub-Nav Menu Request InformationMajors and MinorsAcademic Support Resources for Students Disability Support Services Registering with DSSDSS Resources The Communication Center Dr. Seth Clabough Resources for ParentsStaffFAQsLaunchFirst Generation College Students Copley Science Building ConstructionHonors Program Application for Prospective Honors StudentsHonors Academics Current Students Entering Prior to Fall 2016 Academic StandardsCurricular Requirements Honors CoursesDepartmental Honors Current Students Entering Fall 2016 or After Academic StandardsCurricular Requirements Honors CoursesHonors ModulesCollaborative Learning Experience Honors Benefits and OpportunitiesHonors Program Directors Noyce Teacher Preparation ProgramFirst Year Program: RMCS101Study Abroad & International Education J-Term Study/Travel Payment Procedure & Scholarship Information Study Abroad Options at RMC J-Term Mandatory Insurance Plan International TravelDomestic Travel J-term 2017 Study/Travel CoursesJ-term Resources Semester Abroad FAQsEligibility and CostsSemester Abroad Application InformationScholarships International Students Obtaining an F-1 VisaMaintaining Student StatusEmployment Social Security NumberCurricular Practical Training (CPT)Optional Practical Training (OPT) Driver's LicenseHealth InsuranceTravelTransfer to R-MCInternational Student Orientation International @ R-MC International Assistant ProgramInternational HousePhoto Gallery 2015 Photo Contest Winner Study Abroad Photo ContestInternational Education Week 2016 OIE staffParents & FamiliesVoices from Abroad Summer Session Important DatesStudy Skills CourseSummer Session Tuition, Fees & Housing Undergraduate ResearchRegistrar's OfficeInternshipsIntellectual Property Rights (PDF) The study of the universe, from the largest to the smallest possible scales, is the province of physics. In studying physics, you explore the fundamental principles and mysteries that govern existence itself. The physics department at R-MC promotes active, engaged learning through research, study, and close collaboration between students and faculty. Physics Curriculum From the practical to the theoretical, the comprehensive physics curriculum explores everything from basic offerings in classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, relativity, and quantum physics, to courses in digital and analog electronics, solid state physics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, Special topics courses examine areas of particular interest, and advanced laboratories consider phenomena as diverse as physical optics, x-ray diffraction, spectroscopy, and radioactivity. The department also offers courses in astronomy and astrophysics and students may pursue a pre-engineering focus or an astrophysics minor. Personalized Education While offering the same broad scope of study you'd find at a larger research university, R-MC's physics program is student-focused, with a teaching faculty dedicated to working closely with each student. Unique opportunities to pursue in-depth research and hands-on experience include independent study, internships, and the option for physics majors to propose a year-long research project in their senior year (See the Physics Major Advising Supplement (PDF)). Recent investigations have included an automated detector to study diffuse solar insolation, an analysis of the frequency components of human voices as a prelude to computerized voice recognition, effects of radiation damage of high Tc superconductors, and a combined experimental and theoretical study of the Rubens' flame tube. Beyond R-MC Recent graduates have enrolled in physics, astrophysics, and engineering Ph.D. and master's programs at universities including Notre Dame, the University of California-Merced, VCU, George Mason, and Virginia Tech. Also among the department's alumni are a high school teacher, civil engineer, Naval staff scientist, and a police department crash investigator. Apply to R-MC! Connect with R-MC on Facebook! Ask a Question?