The Physics Department offers many of the undergraduate educational opportunities associated with a large university as well as the informal and personal atmosphere of a smaller department. The department prides itself on the close interaction between faculty and students both inside and outside the classroom. Personalized attention, combined with research opportunities and independent laboratory projects, allows students at the undergraduate level to work with sophisticated equipment and to learn what research in physics is all about. Students have opportunities to work with faculty in such research areas as magnetic properties of materials, computational materials science, biological physics, statistical physics, optical spectroscopy, low-dimensional structures and surfaces, and physics education.
To complete the B.S. in physics as quickly as possible, please take the equivalent of Physics I for Science and Engineering (calculus-based), Physics II for Science and Engineering, Calculus I, and Calculus II before transferring to UNI. Students transferring to UNI with an AA degree including the courses mentioned above can complete the B.S. physics degree in two years. Here a link to a plan of study
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
The Physics Competition is a series of five competitive events for high school (Grades 9-12) students. The regional (AEA 267) and state competitions are hosted by the UNI Physics Department and coordinated by Dr. Larry Escalada (Lawrence.Escalada@uni.edu).
The UNI Physics Club is directed by students, provides a good social setting for students and sponsors field trips to major research facilities and professional meetings as well as other events of scientific and educational value.
COMMON CAREER AREAS
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