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Study of physics entails investigation of the physical world around us. Why is the sky blue? Why does a river flow downhill? What is the temperature of the sun? What is the age of the Universe? How can we make faster computers? How can we convert solar energy to electrical energy? What is an efficient way of killing cancer cells? There are kinds of the questions physicists ask and explore.

Physics is one of the oldest fields of science which started out as natural philosophers during the dawn of human civilization tried to understand the physical phenomena around them. They were trying to understand phenomena such as why things fall, why things move, why does the sun appear every morning, what is our position in the universe, etc. Over time, practices of careful experiments and developing theoretical insights based on sound reasoning started to provide the form to the field of physics as we know today. During this time, the discoveries made by physicists have laid the foundation for transformation of the human society through technological revolution from which we all benefit today.  

This attempt of understating the physical universe around us has now expanded physics into various subfields such as astrophysics, high energy particle physics, nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, biophysics, soft matter physics, medical physics, and atomic and molecular optical physics.

Here at Jacksonville University Physics Department, we train our students to be physicists who can explore their curiosity about the physical worlds using experimental, theoretical and computational techniques and become problem solvers. The students will learn to think analytically, develop habit of paying attention to details, carry out instrumentation, design and conduct experiments, and learn to perform computation. Whether you want to work as a manufacturer, technician, programmer, teacher or want to pursue further studies in the graduate school, or even join law or medical school, these skills will prepare you well for the challenges after the college.

Need more information? Contact our Department Chair:


Dr. W. Brian Lane

Physics Department Chair
Merritt Penticoff 132A

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