Department Information


Center for Natural Sciences

Constructed in 1992, it houses the physics, biology, chemistry, and environmental sciences departments. It contains facilities for both classes and student research.

The Clinton B. Ford Observatory

Built in 1998, it is used for both undergraduate research and astronomy courses. It houses a CCT-16 16-inch (0.4 m) f/8 Cassegrain telescope.

Performance-Based Physics Laboratory

The performance-based physics laboratory is designed to effectively implement the results of modern physics education research. The laboratory takes its design from the "studio" physics classrooms pioneered at Rensselaer and North Carolina State University. The lab contains 11 round tables, with seating for 9 students at each table. Working in groups of three, students can effectively collaborate and discuss assignments, labs, and homework.

Each table is equipped with three 15" MacBook Pro notebooks.  In addition, each table has a full collection of lab equipment housed within whiteboard storage cabinets. There are also a total of 8 digital projectors in the room, so that every student can see what is being displayed, regardless of the student's physical orientation.

Physics Tutoring Center

The tutoring center serves as a gathering point for physics students outside of class.  The center is equipped with four Core 2 Duo PCs, three of which are dual-screen for extra productivity.  Each PC is equipped with the full suite of software that is typically used in the physics curriculum, including MATLAB and LaTeX typesetting programs.   In addition, the center has a small library of reference and text books for physics and astronomy.

Advanced Laboratory

  • speed of light
  • particle counting detector and electronics
  • grating spectrometer
  • X-ray diffraction
  • NMR
  • measuring e/m, e, G, and h
  • interference of light
  • holography
  • diffraction.

 Machine Shop

  • milling machine
  • lathe
  • drill press
  • band saw
  • sanders and grinders
  • sheet metal shear
  • tools for precision measurement
  • hand and power tools for a wide variety of educational uses.
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