PhysicsThe objectives of the study of Physics is for the student to:

  • Acquire basic concepts and principles of physics
  • Become familiar with various types of physical processes and instrumentation
  • Develop a wide variety of problem-solving skills
  • Acquire the ability to make critical decisions

Physics is the most fundamental and exact of the physical sciences. Its laws are basic to a deep understanding in all technology fields and in areas of learning such as engineering, astronomy, chemistry, biology, geology, environmental science, and medicine.

As technology continues to develop, there will be a need for skilled people to make new discoveries in the basic sciences. The basic sciences provide the fuel that drives modern technology.

Physics Catalog and Course Descriptions


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Science Department, Physics

SM 178, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street * Marshall, MN 56258

Dr. Ken Murphy


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