About Physics

  • The Physics Department at IUP provides an active and exciting environment for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty alike. Events such as the Physics Olympics, regular talks from visiting scientists, and Physics Department picnics, as well as groups such as the Physics Club, ensure a nurturing environment for scientific exploration.

    The Department

    The offices, classrooms, and laboratories of the Department of Physics are located in Weyandt Hall.

    The undergraduate degree programs offered by the department include the B.S. in Physics, with tracks in Applied Physics, Electro-Optics, and Nanotechnology Manufacturing, as well as the B.S. in Physics Education. The department maintains modern, well-equipped undergraduate laboratories for its 100 undergraduates, 20 of whom are women. A machine shop and electronics shop are staffed by full-time personnel.

    The department houses a semiconductor-measurement and magnetic laboratories and a thin film evaporation facility. A cooperative research project between the Physics Department and Biocontrol Technologies will allow the department and Biocontrol to share resources in the development of infrared detection diode technology. In conjunction with this project, a sputtering machine was bought to enhance the ability of the department to deposit a variety of thin films on several types of substrate. In addition, several faculty members pursue theoretical research in computer modeling of semiconductor devices and the properties of semiconductors.

    As part of the graduate program, joint efforts in research are under way between members of our faculty and the staffs of a number of major universities, corporations, and government agencies. The department’s research is supported by several grants, including grants from the National Science Foundation.

    The department offers the P.S.M. degree in Physics and typically enrolls about 10 full-time graduate students.

    Some of our undergraduate students have been coauthors with faculty members and have had their research published in major scientific journals. Recently, money has become available for undergraduates to participate in physics research. Up to $3,500 per summer is available per student, as long as the student is in good academic standing.