Physics is an exciting field that explores and identifies basic principles governing the structure and behavior of matter, the generation and transfer of energy, and the interaction of matter and energy.
As a physics major at Parkside, you will discover ways to apply physical laws and theories to problems in nuclear energy, electronics, optics, materials, communication, aerospace technology, navigation equipment, and medical instrumentation.
The physics major is primarily intended for you to pursue graduate work in physics or related areas, careers in higher education, or careers in technology-based industry.
Physics majors can expect a rigorous but well-balanced program. Department faculty is active in thought-provoking and interesting research in which students will have ample opportunities to get involved. Many students have even appeared as co-authors on a number of scientific publications in research and teaching journals.
Physics majors are in high demand in all high-tech fields and in teaching professions. Some positions include aerospace testing specialists, biophysicists, nuclear power managers, laboratory technologists and researchers, satellite missions analysts, seismologists, and several more.
Recent graduates have gone onto graduate schools such as UW-Madison, Ohio State University, and Oxford in England.
Students may choose to explore the fundamentals of the exciting field that is physics by pursuing a physics minor.
Small class sizes at all levels of instruction, coupled with an outstanding faculty, some of whom have won school-wide awards in teaching or research, makes Parkside an ideal university to study physics at the undergraduate level.
With classes in introductory physics leading to modern and advanced physics, students can appreciate the basics of physics and apply their knowledge to other sciences and majors.
From stargazing trips in Door County, Wisconsin and West Texas to tours of national laboratories and semesterly socials at our local nature preserve, the Physics Club has been very active in bringing educational and social events to fruition since recognition by the university in December 2018. Members of the Physics Club also strive inspire a passion for nature in future generations through demonstrations of physical phenomena to children. The club has recently gained acceptance to the Society of Physics Students, which led to establishing a growing Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society chapter at the university. Learn more about Student Organizations. For more information, please contact the current club president or vice president.
Before coming to the UW-Parkside in 2016, Dr. Kandel worked as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (National MagLab) in Florida State University, the largest and the highest-powered magnet laboratory in the world. At the National MagLab, he was the lead scientist to develop novel electrical insulators for YBCO and Bi-2212 based high field superconductor magnet technology. Dr. Kandel holds two US patents on electrical insulation technologies, have published almost 30 journal papers, and have presented his research in over 60 conferences, workshops, and symposiums.
Currently, Dr. Kandel serves as the Chair of the Academic Achievement Assessment Committee (AAAC), Academic Editor of the Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, and Advisor to the Parkside Journal of Science. He has peer-reviewed premium physics and materials science/engineering journal articles and Grant Proposals for the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Bom Soo Kim received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.S. in astronomy from Yonsei University. He trained as a postdoctoral researcher in a joint appointment with IESL-FORTH and the University of Crete and then at Tel Aviv University. He previously worked as a teaching postdoc at the University of Kentucky and as a full time Lecturer at Loyola University Maryland. He is excited to share his experiences working at academic institutions with different cultures and to further collaborate in his research and teaching with students and faculty members at UW-Parkside.