Physics, Health Physics, and Electronics Engineering Technology
With large laboratories and state of the art equipment, all of our programs feature extensive experiments and opportunities to participate in research and practical projects. From designing “smart boxes” for tracking materials in hospitals to investigating quantum mechanical properties of atoms at temperatures near absolute zero, our students are active in cutting edge research and design.
Our Department of Physics and Engineering offers a hands-on approach to undergraduate programs in:
- Physics — from the tiniest subatomic particles to the entire universe, the field of physics attempts to explain the basic laws of nature by examining the interactions of matter and energy. Our program includes courses in fields of physics such as mechanics, electricity and magnetism, atomic, nuclear, electronics, optics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and astrophysics.
- Electronics Engineering Technology — high technology components make up the computers, cell phones and other devices used daily. Electronics engineering technologists concentrate on applied design using current engineering practices and program management.
- Radiation Science — radiation control incorporates an understanding of many disciplines. It has common scientific interests with many areas of specialization: physics, biology, biophysics, engineering (nuclear, civil, mechanical, or electrical), chemistry, genetics, ecology, environmental sciences, metallurgy, medicine, physiology, and toxicology. The wide spectrum of knowledge required of the health physicist makes this profession both challenging and rewarding.
- Secondary Education: Physics — our program provides all of the required physics courses, plus opportunities for students to work on special projects relating to physics education. There continues to be a widespread shortage of physics teachers, so graduates find a favorable job market.
We also offer a cooperative 3+2 engineering science program with Pennsylvania State University.
Your journey upward awaits
At Bloomsburg University, collaborative research is at the heart of what we do best. We encourage students to get involved in collaborative research with faculty members, and offer grants to support you on your journey of discovery. Current areas of research include:
- Health and Medical Physics - Our health physics program offers opportunities for students to be involved in research in a variety of fields, including environmental monitoring of radioactive materials and medical physics.
- Alternative Energy - Alternative energy research at Bloomsburg University consists of the distinct areas of biofuels, wind energy, and organic photovoltaic cells.
- Ultra-Cold Atomic Physics - Since 2010, Bloomsburg University has been developing a program of fundamental research in ultra-cold atomic physics.
- Power Electronics - The Power Electronics Laboratory supports research in the area of analog, mixed-signal, and high power electronics including analysis, modeling, simulation, and hardware implementation of power electronic systems covering the technical areas of power semiconductors, magnetics, controls, and digital systems.
- Stellar Astrophysics - The astrophysics group currently collects its data from the Kepler Space Telescope for asteroseismology, a new field dedicated to the study of oscillations originating in the interiors of stars, which behave as pressure waves (like sound waves). The Kepler Space Telescope , launched in 2009 was designed to detect extrasolar planets. It is also used as a laboratory for the study of variable stars, with over 200,000 stars in the Kepler Field.