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College of Arts & Sciences



Main Program Contact

Andrea Howell

Department Assistant

Biology & Chemistry

Office : Boyd Science Center 327

Reach, Build, Research, Explore


At Baker, physics students get more hands-on experience in one year than many students at larger universities get in their entire college careers

Our small classes, state-of-the art equipment, and balance between theory and experiment result in distinguished, talented graduates.

Your involvement is limited only by your desire to explore and learn.

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Valuable INternships

Our students often find paid internships in environmental engineering, petroleum engineering, and nuclear energy and technology. Firms in Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Memphis have all employed Baker students as interns.

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Exceptional Experience


Preparation for Graduate School

Physics students at Baker have received full scholarships to Stanford University doctoral programs, pursued graduate degrees in medical physics at Vanderbilt University, and achieved at high levels in many other distinguished programs.

In-Depth Research

Baker students have participated in major research projects with the National Science Foundation in Idaho and at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University.


Physics is a perfect major for students in Baker’s 3+2 pre-engineering program. These students finish with a bachelor of science from Baker as well as a degree from either the University of Kansas, University of Missouri at Kansas City, or Washington University in St. Louis.


Graduates of our physics program find jobs in a broad range of industries and governmental agencies.

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The Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics
  • Dr. Calvin Foreman Memorial Scholarship
  • Howard T. Bonnett Scholarship
  • Jennifer Burton Memorial Scholarship
  • Grace Barnhill Champlin Memorial Scholarship
  • Platt-Butler Endowed Scholarship
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Physics Course Descriptions

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Ran Sivron
Associate Professor of Physics
B.A. Israeli Institution of Technology, Ph.D. Montana State University
Expertise: black hole astrophysics, astronomy, astronomy pedagogy
Office: Boyd Science Center 223

Dr. Mahmoud Al-Kofahi
Professor of Physics
B.S., M.S. University of Jordan; Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Expertise: nuclear physics, material characterization, computer interfacing and control
Office: Boyd Science Center 224

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