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About Our Department

Meet Our Faculty

Research Opportunities

Programs Offered
--Physics B.A., B.S. & Concentration
--Engineering Physics Dual Degree (3/2)
--The Independently Designed Major
--Course Descriptions

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Winfree Observatory
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Our Department

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     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.

Department of Physics
Randolph College
2500 Rivermont Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24503
tel.: (434) 947-8488   fax: (434) 947-8333