Physics and Earth Science

Physics is more than just answering questions about nature. Students become independent thinkers as skills are developed in the acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of the data, and error analysis.

Students have full access to cutting edge facilities and equipment, such as optics/holography and X-ray laboratories. Students can also take advantage of summer research and fellowship opportunities. GCU is a NASA Educator Resource Center.

The Physics Department

  • Is convinced that an understanding of the major principles of physics will lead to a better understanding of our world and a greater responsibility to it;
  • Is convinced that men and women should be represented equally in all aspects of scientific endeavor-research, technology and science teaching;
  • Believes that an understanding of physics will assist in the confrontation of many of the environmental issues facing human civilization.
  • The department encourages students to pursue undergraduate research projects with a faculty member. Our students have been very successful in many fields of study.

The Society of Physics Students

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional physics association explicitly designed for students. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. The only requirement for membership is that you be interested in physics. Besides physics majors, our members include majors in chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine and other fields. Within the SPS, Sigma Pi Sigma, a nationally recognized scholastic honor society, elects members on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. This two-in-one Society operates within the American Institute of Physics.

The SPS is essentially a self-governing Society created to serve the interests of physics undergraduate and graduate students. It was formed in April 1968, from the union of the AIP Student Sections and Sigma Pi Sigma. The student Sections had been established by AIP. Sigma Pi Sigma originated as a local honor society at Davidson College, North Carolina, in 1921.

Presently there are over 600 active chapters of SPS on campuses across the country. Approximately 6,000 students take part in the chapter activities, making SPS the fourth largest physics society in the country. Over 400 chapters include the honor society as part of their activities. Total membership in Sigma Pi Sigma, including alumni, exceeds 58,000.

Princeton Plasma Lab Trip Physics Students of GCU
Georgian Court University physics students visit Princeton Plasma Lab, Princeton, NJ

Physics Research at Georgian Court University

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