The Randolph Physics department staff includes two
and a half full-time faculty, some-time additional
instructors, and a part-time lab technician. Our students enjoy a closely knit
personal environment in which they interact not only with each other but with
our faculty on a regular basis. Classes taken by our physics majors are very
small – typically one to four students – allowing for a great deal of individual
attention from faculty. In
recent years, 70% of physics majors have gone on to graduate study. There is
also an excellent track record of our students being able to obtain jobs in
engineering and other physics related fields (over 50% of our students get jobs
in engineering fields).
Our physics department offers a BA
and a BS in Physics, a BS in Engineering Physics (typically a 5 year dual-degree program),
and a teacher licensure degree. As
an alternative, students have the option of independently designing their own
majors, for example, one of our majors recently designed a BS in Mathematical
Physics. To learn more about our programs, see the links at the left.
Over the years, our department has
expanded and grown.
We have the most up-to-date technology (computers and research equipment) available to all
students (not just the advanced physics students). This is used for regular
computing needs, laboratory experimentation, and individual student development
for the web. Also, with the help of students and through numerous
grants, the Department is building a low temperature Physics lab in order to
measure properties of materials at temperatures as low as 1 Kelvin (--458 F).
The Winfree Observatory houses a state-of-the-art robotic 14-inch
telescope equipped with an electronic CCD camera
and is open for public viewings, classes and research projects. Our newest
addition is the Randolph College Seismology Station, which will be measuring
earthquakes that occur all over the world.
Students interested in
Physics may join our chapter of the National Society of Physics Students (SPS).
SPS has an active chapter on campus that brings in speakers, takes field trips,
has movie nights, etc. Check out our website at
Our Chapter has won College and National awards the last five years in a row.