Department of Physics
Mathematics and Science Center, Room 190
146 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370-3416
Fax: (248) 370-3408

Course Schedules and Syllabi

In The News
  • 7/8/16: Michael Chopp wins the World Stroke Organization's Barbro B. Johansson Award.  Read more 

  • 2/26/16: Ph.D. - Biomedical Sciences: Medical Physics graduate student Ranjeeta Thapa is the winner of the International Students and Scholars Office’s Scholarly Achievement Award for 2016. The $500 scholarship is awarded annually to one qualified Oakland University international student whose scholarly excellence is clearly recognized within the academic community.

  • 2/22/16: Professor Emeritus Robert Williamson passed away on February 9, 2016.  He was a professor in the Department of Physics from 1962-1991.

  • 1/12/16: Prof. Evgeniy Khain will be the keynote speaker at the next Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (MIAAPT) meeting; the Spring MIAAPT meeting will take place on April 9th at Cranbrook High School (Bloomfield Hills). The title of his talk is "Physics of clustering and invasion of living cells".  Read more
  • 11/12/15: Marie Smirman, a graduate student in Physics working with Prof. Ken Elder, won an award at the Sigma Xi Student Research Conference, held in Kansas City, Missouri on October 22-25. Her poster described "Simulations of Strained Graphene Films on Triangular Substrates."  Read more

Department of Physics

Read our 2013-14 Annual Report

Welcome from the Chair:

Welcome to the Department of Physics at Oakland University!

Our highest priority is to provide an outstanding education in physics to Oakland University students. The department offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Our undergraduate program leads to B.A. and B.S. degrees in physics, B.S. in medical physics and engineering physics, and includes the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) in physics. It produces more bachelor degrees per faculty member than does any other physics department at comparable universities in Michigan. The Department of Physics provides undergraduate students with numerous opportunities for research, and many OU undergraduate students have published peer-reviewed scientific papers in leading physics journals in collaboration with their faculty supervisors. The MS program in Physics provides the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in physics and to participate in more advanced research projects. Students in our interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Medical Physics are trained to be research scientists. Many of the program alumni have become leaders in the field of medical physics.

All faculty of the Department of Physics are leading scientists in their respective fields, actively engaged in research in one of three areas: medical physics, condensed matter physics and gravitational physics. Two of our faculty (Professors Bradley Roth and David Garfinkle) are Fellows of the American Physical Society. Professor Michael Chopp is a Fellow of the American Heart Association. Research at the Physics Department is supported by grants from external agencies such as the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Army Research Office (ARO), Research Corporation, etc. Over the last five years, the department has averaged more than $100,000 of external grant support per faculty member per year (totaling more than $5 million for five years), five papers in the most respected scientific journals and four presentations at national and international conferences per faculty per year. In terms of research productivity per faculty member, the Physics Department at Oakland University is one of the best in Michigan.

The Department of Physics sponsors a colloquium series, held Thursdays at noon. The Physics Colloquium at OU attracts outstanding speakers from leading research centers in the United States and abroad and is popular among OU students and faculty.

The department maintains a Committee for Women in Physics, designed to promote greater opportunities for women to major in physics here at Oakland University.  Our activities include recruitment efforts, working with students on self-designed majors that incorporate work in physics with their interdisciplinary interests, fostering attendance at workshops for women in physics, and (as funds become available) supporting student attendance at conferences.  Become a part of a more diverse physics community!  Please click here, or contact Dr. Puwal for further information.

Andrei Slavin, Professor and Chair