Department Information

Chair:
Brice Smith
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.

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
Brice Smith, chair
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]

Pre-Engineering Program

Physics Department
Brice Smith, coordinator
Bowers Hall, Room 342
607-753-2821

Cooperative Degree Program for Chemistry and Physics Majors

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Physics and Engineering

Majors Offered

Chemistry/Engineering (3+2) [CEN]
Physics/Engineering (3+2) [PEN]

Description

SUNY Cortland participates in 3+2 engineering programs in which students spend three years on the Cortland campus majoring in chemistry or physics and then spend two years on a cooperating campus majoring in engineering. Those who complete this program receive two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or Physics, and a bachelor of science in a field of engineering. Schools that our students have attended include:

 State University College of Ceramics at Alfred University

  • Ceramic Engineering

State University of New York at Binghamton

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

State University of New York at Buffalo

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering

Case Institute of Technology, Case Western Reserve University

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Fluid and Thermal Sciences Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Metallurgy and Materials Science Engineering
  • Polymer Science Engineering
  • Systems and Control Engineering
  • undesignated

Clarkson University

Chemical Engineering:

  • Biomedical Engineering Science
  • Energy Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering

 Civil and Environmental Engineering:

  • Environmental
  • Surveying and Construction
  • Geotechnical, Structural
  • Transportation
  • Water Resources
  • Engineering Science

 Electrical and Computer Engineering:

  • Communication Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Power Systems
  • Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • Engineering Science
  • Biomedical and Environmental Systems

 Mechanical-Industrial Engineering:

  • Aviation
  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Engineering Science
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Power
  • Urban Transportation
  • Manufacturing Technology

A decision to enter the 3+2 program should be made upon admission to SUNY Cortland as a freshman. Transfer students generally cannot complete the Cortland phase of the program in three years.

Program Details for Pre-Engineering Program