Physics Program

The HSU Physics Department offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree to prepare students for graduate school or a career as a professional physicist. This major is offered as a cooperative program with Abilene Christian University (ACU). All introductory coursework, as well as academic core requirements, will be met at HSU. All upper-level physics courses will be taken at ACU. The major consists of 42 semester hours of physics coursework.

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Dr. Kenny Stephens

Department Head of Chemistry & Physics; Associate Professor of Physics

Majors

  • Physics (B.A.)
  • Physics (B.S.)

Minors

  • Physics Minor (B.A., B.B.S., B.S.)

Why study Physics at HSU?

Physics career path

The department has an articulation agreement with Texas A&M. This agreement allows students wishing to major in engineering to take the first two years of their course work at Hardin-Simmons. After all introductory and core course requirements have been met the students will transfer to Texas A&M to take the required engineering courses. In cooperation with the Irvin School of Education and the other science departments, students may earn certification in General Science (Grades 4-8), Composite Science (Grade 8-12), or Physical Science (Grades 8-12).

Physics professor interacting with student in classroom

Individual Attention

Our majors' classes and labs maintain a student to professor ratio below 8:1. Students have the opportunity for hands-on research directly with a Professor.

Wealth of Knowledge

Each faculty member has a Ph.D. in their area of teaching specialty, with over 100 years of teaching experience between the four professors.

Program Details

Bachelor of Science

The Physics B.S. is available in a cooperative arrangement with Abilene Christian University. The Physics major requires students to take from HSU: PHYS 1320, 1120, 1321, 1121, 2410, 3301, 3320, 3330, 3340, 4310, and a total of three credits of 4090. An additional 10 credits of advanced physics courses are also required, from either HSU or ACU, to reach the minimum of 40 credits in physics. Required departmental supporting courses are CHEM 1310/1110, 1311/1111, MATH 1420, 1421, 2320, 2321.

A minor must be selected from biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, or environmental science

Bachelor of Art

The Physics B.A. requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of Physics. The following courses are required: 1320/1120, 1321/1121, 2410, 3320, 3340, 4310, 4090, and 6 additional advanced physics hours.

A minor is recommended in biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, or environmental science. Required departmental supporting courses are MATH 1420, 1421, 2320 and 2321

All HSU students are eligible for the program.

Pre-Engineering

The department has an articulation agreement with Texas A&M. This agreement allows students wishing to major in engineering to take the first two years of their coursework at Hardin-Simmons. After all introductory and core course requirements have been met the students will transfer to Texas A&M to take the required engineering courses.

Teacher Certification

In cooperation with the Irvin School of Education and the other science departments students may earn certification in General Science (Grades 4-8), Composite Science (Grade 8-12), or Physical Science (Grades 8-12).