The department of Physics and Engineering delivers a quality curriculum both towards the degree and the general education requirements, and provides professional opportunities for students and faculty. The department is an effective contributor to SOU's mission of healthy development of the region and state, and a vital partner in national and international engagements. The department is nationally recognized for undergraduate research in materials science.
The physics department at Southern Oregon University introduces students to concepts in physics, engineering, and materials science; familiarizes students with techniques for solving real problems and investigating current issues; and encourages students to exercise judgement in evaluating a solution. The department trains physicists, materials scientists, and students who plan careers in engineering. The department offers excellent preparation for students pursuing careers in research or teaching and for pre-professional students.
SOU's full-time faculty consist of four professors, three of whom are trained materials scientists. The department's individually tailored and innovative degree options include physics, applied physics, materials science, and engineering. Students who declare a physics major receive intensive preparation in fundamental physical theory and participate in faculty research during their undergraduate studies.
It is certainly worth noting that the materials science bachelor's degree offered by the department is the first of its kind in Oregon! Materials science courses integrate physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering.
"What is materials science?" This is a question that can be answered with yet another question: "Everything is made out of something, right?"