Aug 17, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physics (PHY)

196 William R. Murchie Science Building
(810) 762-3131
Fax: (810) 766-6780

Natural Sciences Department Chair:  Matthew Fhaner
Physics Professional Advisor:  TBD

Administrative Support Staff
196 Murchie Science Building
Public Relations & Advising:  Carly Byrne 
Personnel & Course Scheduling:  Patricia Slackta
Budget & Finances:  Mary Poletti

Professors Christopher A. Pearson, Mojtaba Vaziri; Associate Professors James Alsup, Rajib Ganguly; Assistant Professors Biplob Barman; Lecturer  Alan Grafe
Professors Emeriti Mary E. Cox, Donald E. DeGraaf; Associate Professors Emeriti Donald W. Boys, Frank E. Rose

Astronomy course offerings appear in the Astronomy (AST)  section of this Catalog.

Physics examines universal properties of inanimate nature. While some aspects of nature are not permanent - the shape of Cape Cod or eve a spiral arm of a galaxy, the forces that created both Cape Cod and the spiral arm obey universal laws.

Physics is concerned with questions whose answers and ideas must be sought and tested by experiment. In fact, questions are often generated by experimental discovery. There is every reason to believe that answers, once found, have a permanent and universal validity as all evidence indicates that the laws of physics are the same everywhere in the universe.

Introductory physics courses are designed to serve students majoring in many different areas. The algebra-based sequence is designed for students in biology and the health professions, while the calculus-based sequence is designed for students in physics, chemistry, engineering, or math.

Advanced physics courses are designed to provide fundamental training for professional work in physics and for teaching physics in secondary schools.

Note that completion of PHY 143 , or PHY 143  and PHY 145 , or PHY 243  and PHY 245 , is prerequisite to certain concentration programs.

Mission and Assessment
The mission of the Physics program is to prepare students to succeed in their chosen careers after graduation from the University of Michigan-Flint. Recognizing that students will elect many career paths, ranging from elementary teaching, to industry, to graduate education, and others, the Physics program believes its mission is to help students gain a knowledge foundation based upon fundamental principles of classical and modern physics. This foundation stresses the creative application of physics principles to solving newly posed problems and creative thinking. The program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at