Physics

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Dr. Kevin Kimberlin

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The Degree
Bradley’s Department of Physics offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Physics. The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates to enter graduate studies in physics or an allied field such as engineering. Some of the students selecting this major will enter the workplace in industry or national laboratories immediately following graduation. Students may select this as a second major or as preparation for professional programs such as medicine or law.

Curriculum
Faculty interests and research include:

  • solid state theory
  • medical physics
  • chemical physics
  • acoustics
  • physics teaching

Faculty members incorporate such research and interests into the classroom environment.

Four successful research proposals have been funded over the past two years generating nearly $1 million in external support for the program. In support the department’s research involving semiconductor films, the National Science Foundation has recently awarded the department two major grants. One will support collaborative student/faculty research in the area of growth and analysis of ultra-thin semiconductor films. The other is an equipment grant which will support the purchase of a scanning tunneling microscope. This state-of-the-art instrument will provide the capability to image individual atoms and molecules on solid surfaces.

The faculty’s goal is to train students to work collaboratively; making use of the wide array of sophisticated instrumentation that is available within the department.

Opportunities at Bradley
Bradley has had active chapters of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma on-campus since 1970. These two organizations provide opportunities for students to meet and share experiences. Sigma Pi Sigma is the honor society of the Society of Physics Students. To become a member of this society the student must have successfully completed a junior level physics course and maintained a high grade point average in all freshman and sophomore courses.

Beyond Bradley
Bradley Physics graduates enjoy excellent placement. They work as:

  • teachers
  • professors
  • patent lawyers
  • health physicists

Graduates have held or currently hold jobs with companies such as:

  • Motorola
  • Raytheon
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • US Naval Lab
  • NASA

Graduates have gone on to advanced study at:

  • Georgia Tech
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • North Carolina State university-Raleigh
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Texas-Austin
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign