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School of Science & Engineering

Physics

The physics major at Anderson University develops an understanding of the nature and order of the physical world and the logical application of scientific methods in discovering this order. This major prepares students for graduate school, secondary-level teaching, or other employment. It also works well alongside majors in chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, and the pre-health professional program.

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Dr. Jennifer Coy

Chair, Department of Computer Science; Professor of Computer Science & Physics

Jen Coy
Dr. Jennifer Coy

Dr. Jennifer Coy is the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and a member of the interdisciplinary panel that oversees the Cybersecurity and National Security Studies majors. She teaches a wide range of computer science, cybersecurity, and engineering courses, since she is also dual-appointed to the Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering. She enjoys learning new technology and computer languages, and recently passed the EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker exam.

Dr. Coy's research interests lie in the connections between computer science and physics. She attended the University of Toledo as an undergraduate, receiving a B.S. in Engineering Physics and a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, graduating magna cum laude with Honors in Computer Science and Engineering. She received her masters and doctorate from Purdue University in Physics, where she studied gravity within galaxies where she created a parallel processing program to compare alternate theories of gravity to dark matter models.

Dr. Coy serves as an advisor to the Women in Computing student group, coordinates the computer science department's monthly Tech Talks series, communicates with industry partners to develop opportunities for student internships, and leads the department's Computer Science Hackathon and Cybersecurity Capture the Flag competitions.

Outside of the classroom, Coy enjoys camping with her husband and two children, running half marathons, knitting, scrapbooking, playing games, reading, and occasionally playing the piano.

Dr. Coy joined the AU faculty in August of 2014, bringing more than 10 years of prior experience teaching at small colleges, including Wabash College and Saint Joseph's College.

Contact Dr. Coy:Certified Ethical Hacker Badge
jjcoy@anderson.edu
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Professor of Computer Science & Physics
Chair, Department of Computer Science
B.S., University of Toledo
M.S., Ph.D., Purdue University

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Dr. Scott B. Kennedy

Professor of Physical Sciences and Engineering.

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Dr. Scott B. Kennedy

During his tenure at Anderson University, Dr. Kennedy has taught a broad range of courses in chemistry and physics and maintains an active research program studying the antimicrobial properties of polymer solutions and polymeric coatings.

In 2009 Dr. Kennedy began consulting for a start-up company that formulates and distributes unique antimicrobial products to a wide variety of markets. In 2010, Dr. Kennedy partnered with his colleagues in the Department of Chemistry and Physics to form Aurum Consulting, a scientific consulting firm that provides services to small businesses and educators in central Indiana. In addition to meeting the needs of its clients, Aurum Consulting also provides exciting internship and research opportunities to Anderson University students.

While on sabbatical during the 2011-2012 academic year, Dr. Kennedy earned his M.B.A. His primary motivation for pursuing this degree was to better understand the demands that are being placed on young, professional scientists and engineers as they enter a work environment that is very different from the environment encountered by previous generations.

Dr. Kennedy is married to his wonderful wife Melinda, with whom he has three daughters: Cassandra, Jadyn, and Amber. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, teaching and playing tennis at the local racquet club, and playing intramural sports.

Dr. Scott Kennedy has served at Anderson University since 2005.B.S. Materials Science Engineering, University of Illinois

M.S. Polymer Science Engineering, University of Massachusetts
M.B.A. Anderson University
Ph.D. Polymer Science Engineering, University of Massachusetts

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Dr. Josiah Kunz

Assistant Professor of Physics

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Dr. Josiah Kunz

Dr. Josiah Kunz is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering at Anderson University. His Ph.D. work at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Ill., was in computational and accelerator physics, specifically working on simulations of muon-based particle accelerators.

Kunz's current research at Anderson University involves designing a cross-platform 3D graphical user interface in which to run several different beamline simulation codes. This code will be able to construct a virtual beamline, run the code, save the setup, and plot simulation results. This user interface will make it far easier for undergraduate students to run simulations. It will also have the benefit of visualization for experts in the field.

Outside of the classroom, Kunz enjoys eating Indian food with his wife Meredith, coding for independent game development, spending time with his two dogs, and leading small groups with his wife.

Contact Dr. Kunz:
jdkunz@anderson.edu
Assistant Professor of Physics
Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology

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Dr. John P. Millis

Chair, Physical Sciences & Engineering; Professor of Physics

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Dr. John P. Millis

During Dr. Millis's tenure at Anderson University, he has taught a broad range of courses in physics and astronomy and maintains an active research program in very high-energy astrophysics.

He is a member of the VERITAS (Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System) Collaboration, which operates an array of four air-Cherenkov gamma ray telescopes located in southern Arizona. The focus of Dr. Millis’s work is to understand how radiation is produced by rapidly rotating neutron stars, and how these objects interact with the surrounding medium.

His research at Anderson University has been supporting by funding from NASA and the Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC), for which her serves as the Affiliate Director. Dr. Millis also oversees the campus observatory, which underwent a significant upgrade in 2012.

In addition to his research and teaching, Dr. Millis has spent the last several years writing about physics, astronomy, and space for various media outlets. After spending nearly four years with About.com as their guide to space and astronomy, he left to take a position as the Vice President for Content Development at redOrbit.com. There, in addition to contributing as a writer, Dr. Millis develops new content initiatives relating to space and astronomy.

His podcast series, Your Universe Today on redOrbit.com, was developed in partnership with Covenant Productions at Anderson University. On this program, Dr. Millis interviews leading researchers in astrophysics and space science in an effort to bring cutting edge research to the masses. This work has been met with critical acclaim and has garnered a significant following. Currently, he is working on a documentary film series, chronicling research being conducted at NASA facilities around the country.

Dr. Millis is married to his wonderful wife Melissa, with whom he has two young sons, Noah and Israel. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing the piano and pretending to be good at various sports. He is also an avid fan of college and professional football.

Dr. John Millis has served at Anderson University since 2008.

Contact Dr. Millis:
jpmillis@anderson.edu
Chair, Physical Sciences & Engineering
Professor of Physics
B.S. Physics, Purdue University
Ph.D. Physics/Astrophysics, Purdue University

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Program Options

AU offers two degrees in physics.

  • BA in Physics
  • BS in Physics
Classes

What courses will I take?

The 70-hour Bachelor of Arts major includes courses like:

General Physics (PHYS 2240) and General Physics II (PHYS 2250) introduce the concepts of physics and are designed primarily for science, pre-medicine, computer science, and mathematics majors. A minor or major in mathematics is essential for all physics majors who plan to pursue graduate school or careers in areas of applied physics. Students who plan to teach high school physics and physical science do not need a minor in math unless a math teaching certification is also desired.

In general, the following courses or their equivalent should be taken as early as possible:

  • Calculus I and II
  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus III
  • Modern Physics Laboratory

Students planning to major in physics should consult the chair of the department as early as possible. View the courses required for the Physics major.

A full list of courses for the Bachelor of Science major is coming soon.

Careers

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

Many physics majors go into research but there are a vast number of careers in the following industry looking for physicists:

  • education
  • automotive and aerospace industries
  • defense
  • healthcare
  • energy
  • materials
  • technology
  • computing and IT