Our facilities are designed to give you real, hands-on experiences.
Majors have the benefit of excellent computational facilities in the department.
You can make extensive use of the system from several computer labs reserved exclusively for physics majors, including a computer classroom designed for in-class computing and a visualization lab.
A cluster of four 64-core unix-based workstations supports our undergraduate research students working on projects ranging from large-scale computer simulations, to spacecraft and laboratory data analysis.
Well-equipped laboratories and a high degree of individualized instruction make the electronics and experimental physics courses an exciting component of our degree programs.
Advance lab (PHY 370) students regularly design and build their own experiments with assistance from the physics department shop. We also have five experimental research labs that involve you in projects in materials science and nanotechnology, fundamental atomic measurements, biophysics and bio-optical engineering, and studies of nonlinear chaotic systems.
The Physics Model Shop is a fully equipped shop capable of working with wood, metal, plastics, and laminates. Staffed by a full-time Model Maker, the shop is available to physics majors for making lab apparatus and special projects like the ISU Solar Car, the physics trebuchet, and design projects through the Innovative Design Project.