Department of Geology and Physics

LHU has six concentrations for geology majors including Applied Geology, Water & Environment, Engineering Geology, Geography & GIS, Secondary Education in Earth & Space Sciences and Secondary Education General Sciences.

Physics majors have the option of four concentrations, including the Traditional track, Applied/Nanotechnology track, Pre-Engineering track, Secondary Education - Physics track.


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Loretta Dickson, Ph.D.

123 East Campus Science Center, Lock Haven University

 

(570) 484-2068

Geology is the study of the Earth, the materials of which it is made, the structure of those materials, and the processes acting upon them. It includes the study of organisms that have inhabited our planet. An important part of geology is the study of how Earth's materials, structures, processes and organisms have changed over time. Geologists work to understand the history of our planet. The better they can understand Earth's history the better they can foresee how events and processes of the past might influence the future.

Physics is the study of matter and energy and their interactions. It is the most fundamental of the natural sciences and seeks to understand phenomena ranging from the tiniest subatomic particles all the way up to galaxies and the entire universe itself. Subfields of Physics include mechanics (the study of motion), waves and sound, heat and thermodynamics, optics, electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics (often referred to as Modern Physics). There are also intersections between physics and other natural science disciplines such as biophysics, geophysics, physical chemistry, and astrophysics to name a few.

At Lock Haven University students have several options to study physics including the Traditional Physics track where the student are exposed to more fundamental principles and methods, Applied Physics/Nanotechnology track which emphasizes on hands-on experience with material deposition, processing, and characterization, and Pre-Engineering track which gives the foundations to finalize an Engineering degree at another institution.

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