Department Information

Chair:
Moataz Emam
Bowers Hall, Room 342
Phone: 607-753-2821
Fax: 607-753-4973

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Majors/Minors

Adolescence Education: Physics (7-12) [APH]

This major in the Physics Department leads to New York state certification to teach physics in grades 7-12.

Career Potential

  • Physics teacher (7-12)
  • Graduate study in higher education
  • Technical specialist

Acceptance to the Program

Students will be accepted to the program after 45 credit hours have been completed. At that time students must have an overall grade point average of 2.5, a grade point average of 2.5 in physics and in related areas, and a grade point average of 3.0 in the professional core courses.

Program Details for Adolescence Education: Physics (7-12) [APH]

Adolescence Education: Physics and Mathematics (7-12) [APM]

This major in the Physics Department leads to New York state certification to teach both physics and mathematics in grades 7-12.

Career Potential

  • Physics (7-12) and Mathematics (7-12) teacher
  • Technical specialist
  • Graduate study in higher education

Acceptance to the Program

Students will be accepted to the program after 45 credit hours have been completed. At that time students must have an overall grade point average of 2.5, a grade point average of 2.5 in physics and related areas, and a overall grade point average of 3.0 in the professional core courses.

Mathematics Department Course Retake Policy

  • For the purpose of this policy, "course" refers to any course offered by the Mathematics Department that is used to satisfy the requirements of any major or minor offered by the department [MAT], [AEM], [APM].
  • A student may repeat a course to replace a failing grade, grade of X (withdrawal from course) or to improve the student's grade point average when the first enrollment resulted in a passing grade.
  • A student may enroll in a course twice. A third or subsequent enrollment in that course shall be with the approval and by action of the Mathematics Department only. Such approval shall be given on a case by case basis and is not guaranteed. However, unless exceptional circumstances justify otherwise, a student shall not be allowed a third or subsequent enrollment in the same course if their total number of retakes in courses required for the major or minor is four or more. All retakes of the same course count towards this four-course threshold
  • Students who are unable to earn the required grade after their allowable attempts will be blocked from further registration in the course. As such, if this course is required for the major/minor, the student will not be able to complete their program of study and will need to pursue a different major or minor.
  • Courses that are dropped during the add/drop period (the first week of classes) do not count as enrollments in this retake policy.

Program Details for Adolescence Education: Physics and Mathematics (7-12) [APM]

Physics [PHY]

This Physics Department concentration is the traditional physics major found at institutions worldwide. Study includes a wide range of courses in physics and mathematics plus chemistry. This degree is necessary for those wishing to go on to graduate school and is also useful for those wishing to do technical work in a variety of disciplines.

Career Potential

  • Graduate study in physics
  • Industrial or governmental research
  • Scientific advisor
  • Technical support services

Program Details for Physics [PHY]

Physics leading to the 3+2 Engineering Program [PEN]

This concentration in the Physics Department is designed for those students wishing to continue in an engineering discipline. The student spends three years at Cortland taking all requirements for the degree in physics, then transfers to an engineering school for two years to complete the requirements for a degree in engineering. Students have transferred to such schools as SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred,* Binghamton University, SUNY Buffalo, Clarkson University and SUNY Stony Brook.**

* For those interested in the program at SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred the two physics electives should be PHY 531: Physical Chemistry I and 532: Physical Chemistry II.

** The program with SUNY Stony Brook stipulates that at least three courses be taken in a single department or area, constituting a sequence of courses developing a central theme, with the condition that at least two of these be at the 200 level or above.

Career Potential

  • Graduate work in engineering
  • Technical specialist
  • Professional engineer
  • Construction industry

Program Details for Physics leading to the 3+2 Engineering Program [PEN]

Physics Minor [PHY]

Physics Department
Bowers Hall, Room 342
607-753-2821

Program Details for Physics Minor [PHY]

Physics: Concentration in Environmental Science [PHY/ENVS]

This concentration in the Physics Department provides depth and a diversity of study in the sciences for students with a special interest in the environment. Cortland’s resources for teaching and research in this area are extensive. Special facilities at Hoxie Gorge, the Outdoor Education Center and Brauer Education Center play a role in the program.

Career Potential

  • Environmental research
  • Graduate study in environmental science
  • Environmental science policy analyst
  • Environmental protection specialist

Program Details for Physics: Concentration in Environmental Science [PHY/ENVS]

Physics: Concentration in Geophysics [PHY/GEOP]

The study of geophysics includes a knowledge of the physical laws that govern the earth and a range of geology topics such as the earth’s interior, crustal movements, soil composition, mineral and fossil fuel resources. Crucial to these topics are the mathematical tools needed to describe them. For more information, contact the Physics Department.

Career Potential

  • Graduate work in geophysics
  • Technical specialist
  • Energy exploration
  • Government

Program Details for Physics: Concentration in Geophysics [PHY/GEOP]