Department of Physics


The Department of Physics at Pittsburg State University was founded in 1962 and has been dedicated to the outstanding teaching of undergraduate and graduate physics students ever since. Our faculty members are trained in a wide variety of physics-related fields and have industrial and research laboratory experience. We pride ourselves in getting to know our students and helping them through their years of academic growth at PSU.

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Degrees & Students
  • Undergraduate Program
  • Master's Program
  • Scholarship Information
  • Society of Physics Students

A degree in physics prepares students to enter many professions including physics, astronomy, engineering, computer science, management, medicine, journalism, geology, meteorology, and many others. Physics students learn how to identify, quantify, and solve real-world problems, and this makes them extremely valuable to prospective companies and laboratories. We also offer options for teaching, physics work in industry, and minors. Feel free to contact the Physics faculty about our programs.

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We have an active graduate program and offer Master of Science degrees in Physics in several emphases. Graduate assistantships are available for qualified applicants. Contact Dr. Serif Uran for assistantship information. Feel free to contact the Physics faculty about our programs.

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Physics students seeking scholarships and financial assistance should contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance located at 109 Horace Mann for a range of scholarships, grants, and loans. For further financial assistance information, visit the Scholarships and Financial Assistance page.

View departmental scholarships with applicable criteria


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The PSU Chapter of Society of Physics Students (SPS), a national organization, is in Zone 12 and a member of Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society.

Our Mission

The purpose of our SPS chapter is the advancement and diffusion of knowledge of physics and the encouragement of student interest in physics throughout academic and local communities.

PSU Chapter Faculty Advisor is Dr. Serif Uran.

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A degree in physics is sound preparation for a number of technical careers, including various types of engineering, computer applications, and other physical sciences, such as meteorology, in addition to careers in physics teaching or research.

Our experienced faculty stand ready to guide you in student research and development activities, often in collaboration with regional industries and other institutions. These combined efforts contribute to the University’s statewide mission in technology and economic development.

The Department of Physics also maintains close relationships with area secondary physics teachers, to help plan relevant coursework and to identify and recruit interested students. We coordinate carefully with other departments that rely heavily on our service courses, particularly in the Colleges of Education and Technology, to insure these courses are effectively meeting their students' needs. Finally, we continue to support in-service K-12 teachers with outreach programs through the Science Education Center, including activities at the planetarium, the astrophysical observatory at Greenbush, and in “Physics Frolics” competitions.

If you would like more information about opportunities for a physics related career, or about the details of our programs, please feel free to contact any of our friendly faculty. Or, you may wish to talk to some of the active members of our local student chapters of the Society of Physics Students or National Science Teachers Association, about exciting field trips and networking opportunities. We are focused on your future and are determined to give all our students the best preparation in physics that is available anywhere.

Again, we are here to help you achieve academic success.

Yates Hall

The Department of Physics is located on the third floor of Yates Hall in Room 307. Within the department are several classrooms, laboratories for teaching and research, computer cluster, tutorial room, and offices for faculty and staff.
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Mission Statement

The Department of Physics within the College of Arts and Sciences prepares students for fulfilling careers in scientific research, in engineering, in advancing technologies, and in teaching physical sciences through its B.S., M.S., and B.S.Ed. degree programs. The Department’s minors in physics and physical science support other University programs, and we contribute to the General Education goals of the University with a comprehensive array of classes in related sciences. Faculty and students work together to contribute to appropriate professional organizations, to partnerships with local industries, to the body of scientific knowledge, and to the betterment of humanity.

Vision Statement

The Department of Physics provides students with a competitive knowledge base, while promoting excellence in critical thinking, effective communication, and good citizenship to prepare them to serve as educators, engineers, technicians, or scientists.

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The Department of Physics would like to thank those who have been so generous with their contributions. Your contributions help us to provide quality education, educational opportunities, and financial assistance to those seeking an education through the Department of Physics.

Areas of need include scholarships, equipment, and the general fund. You may also contribute to other Physics areas of your choosing.

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Outreach and Facilities

Planetarium inside

Visit us for a show or a documentary film

L. Russell Kelce Planetarium

Greenbush Observatory Building

Visit the facility for daytime and nighttime observations

PSU/Greenbush Observatory

Science Day 2014 Tower Competition

High School students participate in individual and team events

Science Day at PSU

Yates 102 lecture event

Join us for Colloquia, Seminars, Lectures, and Visiting Scholars

Find out more about our events

Student and Faculty Research

Student Research and Research Opportunities

Physics students experiment

Faculty Research


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Contact Information

Chair: Dr. Tim Flood
Contact: Suzanne K. Lindsay
Department of Mathematics and Physics
307 Yates Hall
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS 66762-7514

Phone 620-235-4391
Fax 620-235-4050

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