Department of Physics

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

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Chief Adviser: Eugene Surdutovich

Advisers in the various physics fields include:

Independent research projects are available in each area.


Undergraduate Catalog

Physics Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Programs

Physics, B.A.

Physics, B.S.

Medical Physics, B.S.

The Oakland University Medical Physics major provides a unique opportunity for students to obtain a deep understanding of physics while at the same time preparing for careers in medical physics, biological physics or medicine. The degree consists primarily of the courses taken by a physics major, plus many of those taken by a premedical student. This program is an excellent preparation for graduate study in physics, admission into medical school, or a job in biomedical engineering. Any student wanting an interdisciplinary background in both physical and biological sciences will find this major attractive.

The medical physics undergraduate major benefits from Oakland University's Biomedical Sciences: Medical Physics Ph.D. program. In particular, undergraduates have many research opportunities available in medical and biological physics within the Department of Physics. Students also will benefit from the new OU-Beaumont School of Medicine.   

A special topics course, Radiological Terrorism and Public Health, was taught in the winter 2012 semester by Dr. Steffan Puwal.  The following pictures are of students participating in response training exercises at William Beaumont Hospital.  Some of the "patients" in these pictures were students from the OU-William Beaumont School of Medicine.
Physics, Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)

Engineering Physics, B.S.

Physics Minor

Physics Secondary Teaching Minor

PHY 307 - Geophysics was taught in the summer 2013 semester by Dr. Steffan Puwal.  The pictures below are of PHY 307 students completing the river lab for the course.