Thomas More College

Physics Alumni

The Physics Department at Thomas More College is justifiably proud of its graduates in physics and in engineering. Since 1950 the college has graduated approximately 300 physics/engineering majors. Almost 40% of this total were engineering students. Eighty percent of our 4-year physics majors continued their studies in graduate school where most received either fellowship or graduate assistantships. Our alumni are well repesented in academic institutions, research laboratories and various industries.


The mission of the Physics Department is to help students attain insight into the principles and techniques used in physics and astronomy, which allow us to understand and appreciate the beauty of the quantitative nature of our physical Universe. The Department endeavors to foster the scientific spirit in our students, the mathematical skills, the problem-solving skills, and the laboratory skills necessary to pursue graduate studies, research and finally employment in physics or related fields.

Choose From Three Degrees

The bachelor degree program is designed for those students not interested in pursuing graduate studies in Physics, but who plan on entering the job market immediately after graduation. The program allows student to enhance their job-market appeal by selecting an area of concentration to augment three years of Physics courses. The student will choose to take 15 hours of courses in another student-selected discipline, such as, for example, Computer Science, Chemistry, or Education that will be particularly attractive to employers in the student's area of interest.

If you are interested in aeronautical, agricultural, civil, electrical, industrial or mechanical engineering, you have the option to pursue a dual BS degree program at TMC. Our pre-engineering students typically after three years of study at TMC transfer to an engineering school of his/her choice( assuming acceptance by the engineering school. The essence of TMC 's 3/2 program is that at the successful completion of the first full year at the engineering school, the 3/2 student is eligible for a BS degree from TMC. Another year of study at the engineering school usually leads to BS degree in engineering.

Thomas More College also offers an Associate's degree in Physics. Students learn Physics not only in the small, personalized atmosphere of lecture courses, but also through hands-on experimentation provided by the laboratory and research components of the curriculum. Computer programming abilities are developed as part of the courses.

Reach Your Goals

Physics is at the core of all branches of basic science and technology. Physics attempts to answer fundamental questions about the nature and origin of our universe. The horizons of physics stretch from the innermost depth of the atom to the farthest reaches of the universal ! The principles of physics are most important to our society because of their direct application in the production and use of devices common in everyday life and in frontline technology, space exploration, weather forecasting and medical diagnostics.

You should consider physics as a field of study because its training enables you to be competent and a adept at solving problems in diverse disciplines. Furthermore, you should study physics because it is fascinating. If you have wondered why and how things work and have the curiosity to understand nature's ways, then physics is waiting for you to explore and enjoy. It may surprise you however, to learn that the best preparation for your success in physics is not how much physics you have taken in high school, but rather a strong motivation and a good background in college-preparatory mathematics courses.

The Physics Department at Thomas More College offers a challenging curriculum designed to prepare the student for further work and study in business, industry, and graduate school. The program develops the student's appreciation and problem-solving abilities in such areas as Dynamics, Electromagnetic theory, Thermal Physics, Quantum Mechanics, and Modern Physics. Nearly all of our physics majors receive physics Scholarships. Check out the items below for more information on these scholarships.

Our program is based on the concept of learning physics and doing physics. That is, students learn by observing, by analyzing, and by doing problems. We believe in a hands-on learning experience both in our lecture courses and in our laboratory courses. Our program operates with two primary goals. The first is an in-depth comprehensive coverage of the concepts of physics, and the second is a coordinated set of laboratory experiments. This results in learning by doing physics. At Thomas More, we have an average student-faculty ratio of less than 10-to-1, ensuring you direct and informal contact with the faculty.

All of our majors completing our requirements will receive a BS in Physics and also an Associate degree in Mathematics.

Physics Research

Senior Physics majors are required to complete a research project in an area of their choice. Student have access to all of our facilities and equipment. The project may involve the construction of component pieces using our machine shop, or interfacing of physics equipment to a computer. In past years we have had research projects in : Mossbauer studies, an automated Beta spectrometer, an automated free fall platform and a light scattering apparatus.

The opportunity for students to pursue research projects is being greatly expanded by the construction of The BB&T Observatory. The observatory houses computer-controlled telescopes, electronic imaging systems, and computer control systems obtained through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Thomas More students from all majors are able to take advantage of this exciting facility in general astronomy courses or to pursue astronomical research or individualized independent study projects.

What You Will Learn

  • The fundamental principles by which our physical universe can be described.
  • Computer and analytical thinking skills.
  • Mathematical modeling of physical systems.
  • Methods and techniques of experimental physics.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Joe Christensen
Department of Mathematics and Physics
Thomas More College