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


Contact Information


Science Department, Physics
SM 178
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street * Marshall, MN 56258
Ph: (507) 537-6178 * Fax: (507) 537-6151


Professor Ken Murphy
Ph: (507) 537-6173, Email:

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