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The Department of Physics, Astronomy, & Geology

Programs of Study                                      

The Physics, Astronomy, and Geology Department offers a physics major with a concentration for students aiming for careers in physics or for students interested in secondary school teaching, or a concentration for students interested in transferring to an engineering school. A physics minor is also offered. The Geology program at Berry supports the major in Environmental Science and offers a minor in Geology. The relevant curricula are listed in the Berry College Catalog. 

For more information, please visit one of the following pages:

  • Physics & Astronomy Pages

    For detailed information about our physics program, our physics faculty and students, and our observatory.

  • Dual-degree Engineering Page

    For a list of requirements for our dual-degree engineering program with Georgia Tech.

  • Geology Page

    For information about our Geology minor and the Geoscience concentration of the Environmental Science major.

Work Opportunities

Work opportunities in the Department include work in the physics lab or observatory as a lab assistant, work in the physics office as a physics tutor, or work as an office assistant in the department. Similar opportunities are available within the Geology program.

Career Possibilities

Career opportunities are abundant for those that choose the physics major. You will learn of career opportunities in your field as you are enrolled in the programs in the department. Alumni come back to campus on a regular basis to discuss different career options. The department and the Career Development Center also provide information that will help you make career decisions.

Graduate School Opportunities

Recent students accepted to graduate schools (since 2001): Frank Petruzielo at Cornell University (physics), Carly Donahue at the University of Colorado (physics), Courtney Griffin at the University of Texas (finance), Jason Buzcyna at the University of Virginia (astronomy/physics), Matt Lewis at Dartmouth College (astronomy), Danny Hobbs at Vanderbilt University (physics), and John Foreman at Duke University (physics).

Physics, Astronomy, & Geology Faculty
Dr. Tamie Jovanelly, Associate Professor of Geology
Education: B.S., University of Michigan; M.S., University of Nebraska; Ph.D., Kent State University
 
Courses: Physical Geology, Environmental Geology, Historical Geology, Hydrology
 
Research Interests: modern and ancient tsunami deposits, groundwater and surface water interactions with a focus on environmental issues/variables, fluvial sediment transport in the Gulf Coast region.
Dr. Charles Lane, Associate Professor of Physics
Education: B.S., University of Tennessee; M.S., Ph.D., Indiana University
 
Courses: General Physics with Calculus, Mathematical Methods in Physics, Electricity & Magnetism, Astrophysics
 
Research Interests: Fundamental symmetries, high-energy physics, and mathematical physics
Dr. Usama al-Binni
Education: Ph.D., University of Tennessee at Knoxville
 
Courses: General Physics with Algebra, Modern Physics, Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics
 
Research Interests: theoretical high energy physics
Dr. Todd Timberlake, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Chair of Dept
Education: B.S., Vanderbilt University; Ph. D., University of Texas at Austin
 
Courses: The Copernican Revolution, The Discovery of Galaxies, Computational Methods in Physics, Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics
 
Research Interests: Quantum chaos in strongly driven systems, quantum recurrences, eigenvalue statistics, history and philosophy of science
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