University of Southern Indiana
Geology class

Geology and Physics

USI to offer new physics degree Fall 2016
A Bachelor of Science in Physics was approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and will be available to students beginning Fall 2016. This new degree program completes USI's offerings in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) areas, providing alignment with the needs of the workforce and preparing students for post-baccalaureate studies. (read more)

Learning Science by Doing Science

The Geosciences curriculum provides an overall understanding of our physical environment. It demonstrates the spatial and temporal vastness of the universe and the diversity of life through time, thereby offering a unique perspective on humankind's place in nature.

By emphasizing environmental applications of geology, the geology program for the major is designed to prepare students for the job market of the 21st century, regardless of cyclical employment patterns in the minerals industries. Nevertheless, the core geology program retains the traditional sequence of geology courses. Training in geology is supported by a broad base in mathematics, computer science, and allied sciences including chemistry and physics.


As the most fundamental of all the sciences, Physics governs all aspects of your everyday existence. The breath of air you just took, the car you drive, the cell phone you carry and the sounds you enjoy on your iPod—all are explained by principles of physics. The breadth of natural phenomena explained by physics makes it a very attractive topic of study for anyone with just a little curiosity.

The Physics program offers a spectrum of courses to satisfy any level of curiosity in our discipline. We offer astronomy and conceptual physics courses for those hoping to satisfy science requirements in the core curriculum. We offer introductory courses intended to prepare pre-professional and engineering majors for further study in their respective fields. For those with a higher level of interest in physics, we offer majors in Biophysics and Physics Teaching, as well as minors in Physics and Biophysics.

Students in the physics program enjoy small classes with a great deal of personal attention from quality instructors. Our excellent instruction extends outside the classroom as well, with hands-on projects, including research opportunities for all students in our program. Students graduating with degrees in physics are prepared for graduates studies in physics, medical school, engineering, and other post baccalaureate programs—or they qualify for opportunities to work in exciting research and development fields.


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