What You'll Study
If you want to continue your education, LHU’s program will ready you to enter graduate school for a master's or doctoral degree in a physics-related discipline.
Topics covered include:
- Modern Physics
- Quantum Mechanics
- Electricity and Magnetism
This track emphasizes the applications of Physics in Nanotechnology and the hands-on experience with advanced instrumentation like the electron microscope, atomic force microscope, etc. It develops practical skills in material processing and fabrication of device structures for electronic, optical, and sensing applications. Topics covered include:
- Fundamentals of Nanoscale Science
- Characterization of Nanostructures
LHU currently offers a cooperative engineering program. Our 3+2 dual-degree program includes three years of foundation science, math, and general education courses at LHU and two years at another school to complete an engineering degree. Upon graduation, students earn an engineering degree from the engineering school ad a Physics degree from LHU. We have a specific transfer agreement with Penn State Main Campus and the University of Pittsburgh, but it is not uncommon for students to transfer to other engineering schools. Students can pursue engineering fields such as Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and many others.
- Mechanics I
- Mathematical Methods of Physics
- Quantum Mechanics
Secondary education physics and physical science teachers are in high demand across the country. LHU’s renowned physics program and tradition of training great teachers provides the perfect combination of content knowledge and teaching training to prepare you for a rewarding career.
- 4+2 Master’s degree: LHU currently has a 4+2 agreement with Penn State that allows direct access to the master’s degree program in the department of Engineering Science and Mechanics.
- 3+2 Master's degree: LHU has recently launched a 3+2 agreement with the University of Pittsburgh. Students will tak engineering courses for three years and then are admitted to Pitt for the final two years of the program.
- Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
- Facilities: LHU’s physics facilities include a cleanroom, student lounge, computer facility,
and classrooms and laboratories housed in the University’s newly constructed East
Campus Science Center. Our specialized labs and equipment allow for experimentation
and demonstrations in atomic and nuclear physics, electronics, optics, astronomy,
electricity, and magnetism. We have imaging and fabrication capability extending down
to the nanoscale structures. Our facilities include:
- Scanning Electron Microscope with elemental and spectral analysis
- Atomic Force and Scanning Tunneling microscopes
- Optical spectroscopies: Raman, Fluorescence, and Absorbance.
- Electrical tests with direct and alternating signal.
- Device preparation in inert glovebox
- Material deposition by Thermal Evaporation, Magnetron Sputtering, and Chemical Vapor Deposition.
- Internships: Recent students have interned with:
- State Department of Environmental Resources
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Georgia Tech University
- Ames National Laboratory
- Careers: With a degree in physics you can pursue a career in engineering, mathematics, computer
science, medical physics, geophysics, applied physics, industrial physics, teaching
and more. Graduates of the nanotechnology concentration can apply the degree to a
wide range of industries with a demand for skilled scientists, engineers, and technicians
who understand the principles of nanotechnology and the instruments and techniques
of nanofabrication. Recent graduates have been employed with:
- Global Foundries
- Bin Optics
- Fermi National Acceleration Lab