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Joshua Teves wanted to study physics. So, he emailed the physics department at the College, along with one at a much larger university. The other institution never responded, but a professor from the College replied, writing: “Let us know when you can come to campus, we’ll show you around.” That was all it took.

“When I visited campus,” Joshua explains, “that professor not only gave me a tour, he invited me to lunch. I remember thinking ‘this is a place where students and faculty mix a lot more than they do at bigger universities; that’s a good fit for me.’”

As a freshman, he took a course in atmospheric physics and it became clear how important hands-on research is for physics majors at the College. Joshua quickly got involved in a project one professor is conducting that involves examining the behavior of rain drops.

“With that work, we’re in the field pretty often, but there’s also a lot of computing that I do. What I really love is that this is a research topic that nonphysicists can understand, so I can talk with my friends about what I’m doing.”

Joshua’s principal interests involve computational and experimental physics. In an experimental physics course, he was charged with conducting three different experiments. For one, he chose to quantify the viscosity of different substances, including oil, water, honey and cornstarch. “We had to devise our own methodologies, conduct the experiments and then write about the processes and our findings. Like so many things in physics, it was challenging, but really satisfying.”

What Joshua likes best about this major is that you learn how to quantify the universe around you. “You learn how to approximate a concept and then apply numbers to it and I think that’s a really valuable skill. Ultimately, you have to learn a lot of new skills to get through the courses, and no matter what I do in the future, those will be assets that set me apart.”

Physics - Joshua Teves

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Narayanan "NK" Kuthirummal
department chair
Department of
Physics and Astronomy

Our students come to understand the scientific and philosophical bases of physical education and sport. They learn to analyze movement, and study the teaching-learning process.

This program prepares them to teach physical education in grades pre-K through 12, or teach in continuing– or community-education programs as well as alternative school settings.

❱❱ Our program is accredited nationally and in the state of South Carolina.

❱❱ Our students complete more than 150 hours in pre-K through 12 public schools.

❱❱ Our PETE teaching and research lab enables students to use the latest technology.

❱❱ Our graduates are certified to teach grades pre-K through 12.