About Us

The influence of science and technology touches almost everyone every day in every part of the world. The Department of Physics is dedicated to providing a variety of engineering and physics curricula for students who are interested in pursuing scientific and technical professions.

The specific curricula available in the Department of Physics are the major programs in Biomedical Physics, Physics and Physics Teaching, and the minor programs in Engineering Science and Physics.

Distinctives of the Physics Department

Research opportunities abound for undergraduates from many different academic areas working with faculty in the department of physics. Department faculty have expertise in condensed matter physics, nuclear and particle physics, and biomedical physics. Recent graduates of the department have gone on to such prestigious graduate programs as Harvard, Columbia and Vanderbilt as well as to lucrative employment opportunities. Associate Professor L. Alan Bradshaw was awarded the Nightingale Prize for the Best Paper published in Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing in 2005. Professor Bradshaw maintains an active research program at Vanderbilt University investigating gastrointestinal biomagnetic fields that has also involved numerous Lipscomb undergraduates.

The Department of Physics utilizes four laboratories for instruction in the McFarland Hall of Science, as well as a machine shop, electronics shop, and x-ray laboratory.  In addition, the department shares access to the computer classrooms in McFarland, which provides a number of typical student stations, as well as several stations for special applications. The computer classrooms are connected to the campus-wide network and have access to a substantial library of software applications.