Physics Program

In the Physics program at Kutztown University, we pride ourselves on fostering an open and friendly environment where the faculty is easily approachable and always ready to help. With concentrations in four specialty areas, a wealth of opportunities are at your fingertips. We are dedicated to helping every student achieve his or her career goals

Some of the assets of our program include:

  • Individual access and attention from faculty
  • Small class sizes for major-specific courses
  • Access to advanced laboratory facilities and equipment
  • Opportunities for undergraduate research with faculty mentors
  • Flexible curriculum
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The Physics program offers a comprehensive curriculum covering all major courses of study necessary for an undergraduate degree in physics. Students have the option to concentrate in four possible areas.

One Degree, A WORLD OF possibilities

Kutztown also has one of the lowest tuition rates of the region (collegestats.org) for a Bachelor's degree, while maintaining a strong competitive edge manifest in the success of our graduates in a variety of careers.

Program Highlights

Caelan Brooks receives the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence

April 2021 .... The Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence is conferred upon a graduating senior from one of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities. Kutztown University's Caelan Brooks was presented as the 2021 winner of the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence Thursday morning at the State System's virtual Board of Governors meeting. Brooks, a physics major, marks the second-straight award winner for Kutztown University and its Department of Physics, following 2020 winner Daniel Johns ’20. A native of Bear, Del. and Appoquinimink High School, Brooks has conducted high quality physics research that has led to innovations in two separate areas of physics: atomic molecular and optical (AMO) physics and biophysics, resulting in one peer-reviewed paper published and three more in development. Her work has been recognized by multiple awards and by acceptances into some of the top physics doctorate programs in the world. Brooks will continue her education at Harvard University.

Caelan Brooks receives Chambliss Gold Medal

April 2021 .... Caelan Brooks is a physics major graduating in May from Bear, Del. She is awarded the Chambliss Academic Achievement Award Gold Medal in the category of successfully completed research project. Brooks has conducted high quality physics research that has led to innovations in two separate areas of physics: atomic molecular and optical (AMO) physics and biophysics, resulting in one peer-reviewed paper published and three more in development. Her work has been recognized by multiple awards and by acceptances into some of the top physics doctorate programs in the world. Brooks will continue her education at Harvard University.

Dan Johns receives the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence

July 2020 .... The Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence is conferred upon a graduating senior from one of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities. Kutztown University's Daniel Johns ’20 was presented as the 2020 winner of the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence at a ceremony on the KU campus. Johns, of Orwigsburg, Pa., graduated with a Bachelor of Science in physics and astronomy. A prolific researcher, Johns' work has contributed significant results from his research in the fields of exoplanets and interacting binary stars. Johns has published six research papers in professional, peer-reviewed journals, was a primary author on a piece published in The Astronomical Journal and multiple in various issues of Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Johns has also delivered four conference presentations on his research, including his discovery and characterization of KELT-23Ab, a new, Jupiter-like exoplanet.