Pre-Engineering Dual Degree Program
Society of Physics Students (SPS)
Welcome to the Physics Department at Texas Lutheran University. Our mission is to provide a background of physics knowledge to the TLU community, especially to students preparing for careers in the health sciences, engineering and secondary education. We also provide support for majors of biology, chemistry, kinesiology, mathematics, computer science and non-science majors who wish to broaden their educational background.
Physics & Pre-Engineering Programs
Physics majors take challenging courses geared to help students succeed in industry, teaching, or graduate school in physics, engineering, or applied mathematics. Majors will develop a deeper understanding of the core physics principles: mechanics, electricity and magnetism, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics. Students will get lab experience starting with our introductory labs, advanced labs I and II, and then work on an independent research project as their senior capstone projects. The department’s computational applied science courses will develop students’ scientific programming skills using MathLab™, a language used in industry, engineering, and physics.
Bachelor's Degrees in Physics & Applied Science
- Major in Physics (B.A.)
- Major in Physics (B.S.)
- Applied Science Pre-Engineering Dual Degree
Minors in Physics
- Business of Science
Physics and Engineering students encounter various disciplines
through small introductory classes
before choosing a field. Hands-on experience
is acquired with engineering concepts, software, and laboratory tools. Pre-engineering
students participate in team projects in engineering design of autonomous robots
using the physics shop
and computer labs
; engineering computation and analysis using MATLAB™
and virtual test instrumentation using LabView™
; commercial software packages
widely used in modern engineering and applied science
. Physics labs introduce students to digital data acquisition and analysis
, analog and digital electronic test equipment
, and nuclear counting and spectroscopy instrumentation
Learn about career opportunities
for physics majors!
Lorne Davis, Jr., professor of physics, department chairperson, George Kieffer Fellow in Science, Ph.D. in physics from Texas A&M University. Published work spans physics, engineering, geology, computing, and biomedicine. Eleven patents in noninvasive, nondestructive measurements on rocks, soils, and the flow of fluids in porous media.
Dr. Davis is experienced in industrial R&D project management. International consulting experience with industry and government includes applications of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and x-ray computed tomography (CT). Teaching experience in physics and engineering.
Shawn Hilbert, assistant professor of physics, Ph.D. in physics from the experimental atomic, molecular, optical, and plasma division of the physics department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a B.S. from Lebanon Valley College.
Dr. Hilbert's Ph.D. research focused on ultrafast electron pulse propagation. His current research interests lie in quantum mechanical analogies using acoustics, physics involving lasers, and the physics of sports. Teaching experience in physics.
Instructor in Physics
Erin Scanlon, instructor in physics, M.S. in physics from Georgia Institute of Technology and B.S. in physics from Michigan Technological University. Her master’s research was focused on physics education and teaching practices. Her current teaching interests lie in implementing computational modeling and new research-based teaching methods in the undergraduate classroom.
Discover the science of bone-crunching hits, soaring field goals, and awe-inspiring passes with Tim Gay, professor of physics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
"From Science Fiction to Reality" with Dr. Herman Batelaan, theoretical physicist
What is the current status of teleportation, faster than light phenomena, and gravitational shielding? Quantum teleportation, lightning effects such as “Elves”, and levitating frogs have all been in the news, and are effects that are actually observed. They are also related to the ideas that make such science fiction series as Star Trek work. But are the observed effects really related to their science fiction counterparts, or is this all just smart marketing? And what is the current status of the research? The answers are perhaps even more surprising than the fiction. Listen to the lecture on iTunes U.