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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 program prepares students to enter graduate studies in physics or an allied field such as engineering. Some majors 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.

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. Successful research proposals have been funded in the past, generating nearly $1 million in external support for the program. In support of the department’s research involving semiconductor films, the National Science Foundation recently awarded the department two major grants. One supports collaborative student/faculty research in the growth and analysis of ultra-thin semiconductor films. The other supported the purchase of a scanning tunneling microscope. This state-of-the-art instrument has 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 available within the department.  

Bradley’s Distinctive Approach
Bradley has had active chapters of the Society of Physics Students its honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, on-campus since 1970. These two organizations provide opportunities for students to meet and share experiences. To become a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, a student must successfully complete a junior level physics course and maintain 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 continued 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