Department of Physics
Richard L. Conolly College does not offer a degree program in physics at this time. The Physics Department is primarily a service department supplying a sound underpinning for majors in pharmacy, physical therapy, and other health sciences as well as for chemistry and biology majors. In those courses, emphasis is placed upon understanding basic concepts and honing problem solving skills. In the course for liberal arts students, emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding. Topics covered in all physics courses include: Newtonian Mechanics, energy and its conservation, electromagnetism, optics, and an introduction to relativity and atomic and nuclear physics. Relevance to such areas as climate change, space exploration, alternative energies and nuclear radiation are examined.