2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Feb 28, 2024  
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physics Department

Bowers Hall, Room 342
(607) 753-2821
E-mail: brice smith@cortland.edu


Arts and Sciences


Brice Smith (Chair), Aphrodite Ahmadi, Andrew Carmichael, Moataz Emam

Adjunct Faculty

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

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Physics
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)

Majors Offered

Physics leading to the 3+2 Engineering Program
Adolescence Education: Physics (7-12)
Adolescence Education: Physics and Mathematics (7-12)

Concentrations Offered

Environmental Science

Minor Offered



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 here apply to all of the majors offered by this department.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: B.A. – 90 credit hours; B.S. – 75 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.


I. Major

III. Minor