Programs and Requirements
The analytical, conceptual and experimental skills perfected by physics
majors apply to many careers. Physics and its subfields are an integral part of such
diverse disciplines as astronomy, engineering, chemistry, geology, medicine,
and meteorology. The Physics Program at the State University College at Oneonta
provides a foundation for both employment and graduate study in these and
related fields. Graduates of the program are currently working and studying in
professional physics, astronomy, engineering, chemical physics, computer
applications, education, medicine, and business management.
The Standard Option
(Option A) prepares students for graduate work
or employment in
physics or an associated field by concentrating mainly on physics
and related courses.
Standard Option majors may also choose a track in astronomy.
The Interdisciplinary Option
(Option B) is suited for students desiring a strong physics
background for study or work in another field. It builds a foundation
of physics courses
combined with an individually designed program, including courses
from other departments.
Students often select from courses in astronomy, biology, business,
chemistry, earth science, engineering, geology, mathematics, meteorology,
and water resources.
The college offers a
3-2 Engineering Program
in cooperation with eight engineering schools. This
allows students to major in physics or another liberal arts discipline
at the College
at Oneonta and then attend a cooperating engineering school. Students
complete the five-year program receive a liberal arts degree from
the State University
College at Oneonta and an engineering degree from the cooperating
Commonly-selected engineering majors are aerospace, ceramic,
chemical, civil, electrical, environmental,
industrial, mechanical, and nuclear.
offerings at the college include a track in Astronomy under the Liberal
Option A major (which with graduate study elsewhere could lead to
a career in Astronomy/Astrophysics),
and Astronomy minor, and courses ranging from introductory-level
for non-science majors to upper level for students with serious
interest in the field.
Current research emphasis includes study of star formation,
variable stars, hydrodynamics, and computational astrophysics. Campus astronomy
activities are supported by an observatory and a planetarium.
The college offers a
Secondary Education in Physics
program that leads to certification
to teach physics and mathematics courses. The program requires courses
in other sciences
and in education.
For questions or comments, please contact:
Dr. Hugh A. Gallagher, Chair
Physics & Astronomy Department
State University of New York College at Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820
Voice: (607) 436-3177
Fax: (607) 436-2654