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Eid Alkhatib, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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The physics curriculum, which is not a major, provides introductory physics courses for students in science majors, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Veterinary and pre-professional programs in health-related careers. An astronomy course and physical geology are also offered for general interests and to meet the science requirement.

In all physics courses, except those offered to meet the science requirement, a large amount of lecture time is spent to teach students how to think critically and independently toward physics problems so they are able to proceed with the solution. The emphasis is more on the development of conceptual reasoning rather than merely the mathematical manipulations. This leads students to a greater degree of confidence and a true mastery of the subject.

Laboratory work allows students to investigate physics concepts through hands-on experiments, which result in a better understanding of the concepts. Laboratory courses also provide students with an opportunity to work as a team.

The supporting physics courses for the Health Professions programs/majors are designed not only to meet the standards of an introductory physics course, but also to provide students with applications of particular physics concepts to human body. Since these courses are sufficiently challenging, they also serve as a part of the 'selecting procedure' for acceptance into the Health Professions programs.

Sacred Heart University does not offer a physics major, however, physics courses are offered to support other existing programs/majors such as: 

  • Biology majors (for Bachelor's degree only), and Human Movement and Sports Science majors (Exercise Science and Athletic Training). Prerequisite: Elements of Physics PY100 (with laboratory included)

  • Traditional Chemistry majors. (The following courses have not been offered at SHU in the past several years, due to low enrollments). Prerequisite: Calculus-based Physics PY151/152 and accompanying laboratory courses PY153/154

  • All non-science majors, to meet the science requirement: Basic Astronomy PY090, and Physical Geology PY045.

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Program Mission

The mission of the physics program is consistent with the University mission in preparing students (indirectly, through other programs that physics program supports) to “make contributions that benefit the human community,” specifically in areas related to human health, environmental stewardship, and life science discovery. 

The physics program also supports the University's mission in “challenging its students to think critically, analyze carefully, evaluate with a sense of justice and proportion, and convey conclusions in an intelligible and articulate fashion.” This 'demanding' nature of the physics program is, on the other hand, balanced by the program's “caring approach to students” through variety of help facilities to perform well in the courses, which expresses the “University's belief that each student is born with a unique set of qualities and skills.” 

Lastly, in accord with the University mission, the physics program “welcomes men and women of all religious traditions and beliefs, and values opportunities for dialogue in the common search for truth.”

More Information

Any questions related to Science and The Bible, and Basic Astronomy,  should be directed to the Chemistry Department:

Tel: 203-371-7793

Any questions related to PY courses other than the above (Elements of Physics, General Physics I and II, First Half of General Physics I, etc) should be directed to the corresponding instructor, or to:

Marlina Slamet, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Academic Building SC 232 A
Tel: 203-371-7787