Why Study Physics?

Students who major in physics at Tennessee Technological University have the opportunity to learn their physics in small classes, all taught by Ph. D. physicists, with frequent access to the Physics faculty outside of class. This tutorial atmosphere allows for a great deal of personal attention to be given to each individual student, an environment which is further enhanced through student participation in research. A study room is available in the department for students majoring in physics; this allows 24-hour access to a quiet study area and to two Internet-connected personal computers.

Each student is carefully and individually advised to assure that he/she receives the best possible preparation, at the proper pace, for his/her career and life objectives. Detailed programs of study are given in another menu and in the TTU Catalog.

Our Student Achievements

In 1986 one of our graduates was selected as one of five finalists for the prestigious Apker Award, the only national award for outstanding research achievements in physics by an undergraduate student.  No other Tennessee institution, public or private, has produced an Apker Award Finalist. In 1997, one of our majors was awarded a Barry Goldwater Scholarship after a highly competitive, nationwide evaluation.  In 2002 another major spent his junior year engaged in study and research at Oxford University in England.  Further, our graduates have been accepted for admission into some of the finest physics graduate programs in the country, including Duke, Caltech, Carnegie Mellon, Yale, SUNY-Stony Brook, and UCAL Berkeley.  Other physics graduates have been employed by high-tech corporations such as IBM and Texas Instruments.  In 1997, an alumnus flew as a NASA payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia, while in 2006 another alumnus was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award.