PHYSICS
BACHELOR OF ARTS | BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

The Mercyhurst University Department of Physics seeks to provide a high-quality physics education that prepares students to be the scientists of the future, confident in their abilities and their understanding of physics. Because we believe that simple factual knowledge is not sufficient, the department seeks to instill strong analytical and critical thinking skills in our students. To accomplish this goal, our department is centered on the following tenets:

  • A student-centered approach
  • A focus on scientific inquiry
  • A commitment to promoting diversity
  • A dedication to standards of excellence
  • A belief in developing the whole person

Along with our major courses, we also strive to provide students with a liberal arts background that contributes to a well-rounded academic. Students in any of our courses should acquire the foundational knowledge necessary to be successful in their field and as thoughtful citizens. Our graduates should have the expertise and competence in physics to be prepared for that study in the physical science and or for employment.

  • MATH 170 Calculus I
  • MATH 171 Calculus II
  • MATH 240 Differential Equations
  • PHYS 200 Freshman Seminar
  • PHYS 201/203 General Physics I/Lab
  • PHYS 202/206 General Physics II/Lab
  • PHYS 310/312 Modern Physics/Lab
  • PHYS 330 Thermal Physics 
  • PHYS 335 Optics
  • PHYS 350 Mechanics I
  • PHYS 360 Electromagnetism

Students are also required to choose one approved Physics Major elective course.

  • MATH 170 Calculus I
  • MATH 171 Calculus II
  • MATH 233 Calculus III
  • MATH 150 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 240 Differential Equations
  • CHEM 121/122 General Chemistry I / Lab
  • CHEM 131/132 General Chemistry II / Lab
  • PHYS 200 Freshman Seminar
  • PHYS 201/203 General Physics I/Lab
  • PHYS 202/206 General Physics II/Lab
  • PHYS 310/312 Modern Physics/Lab
  • PHYS 330 Thermal Physics or CHEM 314 Physical Chemistry I
  • PHYS 335 Optics
  • PHYS 350 Mechanics I
  • PHYS 360 Electromagnetism
  • PHYS 420 Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYS 450 Senior Research Project

Students are also required to choose at least two approved Physics Major electives; at least one course must be a 300-level course or higher.


Contact Us

Paul Ashcraft, ABD
Chair, Department of Physics
Office: Zurn 212
Phone: 814-824-2615
Email: pashcraft@mercyhurst.edu