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SUNY Cortland    
  Nov 23, 2017
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Physics Department

Moataz Emam, chair
Bowers Hall, Room 342
Fax: 607-753-4973

School of Arts and Sciences

Physics lesson in the campus planetarium


Douglas Armstead, Moataz Emam, Melissa Morris, Sean Nolan, Brice Smith

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration  section.

Degrees and Minor

Bachelor of Science in Physics
Bachelor of Science in Adolescence Education: Physics (7-12)
Bachelor of Science in Adolescence Education: Physics and Mathematics (7-12)
Minor in Physics


Environmental Science


Physics programs at SUNY Cortland provide a versatile background in the principles of physics, applied mathematics, computer skills and electronic equipment. This background is useful in many areas of technology, engineering, business, industry, government and the teaching of physics at all levels. The laws of physics are central to all branches of science, and students with physics training may readily enter such related fields as astronomy, biophysics, chemical physics, engineering, geophysics, medicine, meteorology, molecular biology and radiology.

Special Features

  • Physics and Engineering Club
  • Internships
  • Undergraduate teaching
  • Physics Honor Society – experiences Sigma Pi Sigma


  1. Degree requirements  listed in this catalog apply to all of the majors offered by this department.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: B.A. – 90 credit hours; B.S. – 60 credit hours
  3. Physics majors may not take additional physics course work unless they earn a 2.0 grade point average in PHY 201 and PHY 202.