Physics at High Point University



What is Physics?

Physics is the study of the Universe, from particles to galaxies and beyond. Its language is mathematics, its domain is the Universe itself, and its applications are as diverse as science itself. A primary goal of physics is to discover the underlying laws that govern matter and its interactions.

Program Overview

The Physics program at High Point University is founded on the principle that the first day of your first year at HPU is the beginning of your career as a scientist. Your principal objective as a scientist is to seek answers to interesting questions. Your principal objective as a student is to learn the tools required for inquiry—problem solving, fundamental physics, experimental methods, computational modeling and computer programming, mathematics, and communication. When you graduate from High Point University with a degree in physics, you will have the skills, passion, and confidence of a scientist who is prepared for a career in a technical field or graduate study in any related scientific, engineering, or professional discipline.

Your classes, laboratory experiences, and independent undergraduate research projects will help you develop a scientific skill set with expertise in:

  1. Experimental design and data analysis

  2. Problem solving and analytical reasoning

  3. Electronics and instrumentation

  4. Computational modeling

  5. Computer programming in a variety of languages including Python, LabView, Java, and MATLAB

  6. Undergraduate research with faculty mentors

  7. Preparation of scientific articles, proposals, and posters in LaTeX

  8. Oral presentations of research results

  9. Fundamental theoretical physics in Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Statistical Mechanics / Thermodynamics


Physics at High Point University

To learn more about the Department of Physics contact our faculty:

Dr. Brad Barlow

(office) 363 Congdon Hall

(phone) 336-841-9542

(email) bbarlow at

Dr. Martin DeWitt

(office)  360 Congdon Hall

(phone) 336-841-9140

(email)   mdewitt at

Dr. Briana Fiser

(office)  365 Condgon Hall

(phone) 336-841-9412

(email)  bfiser at

Dr. Aaron Titus, Chair

(office)  361 Congdon Hall

(phone) 336-841-4668

(email)   atitus at

Dr. Barlow and the Space Panthers launched a balloon to space.  (YouTube video and photo album)

Summer courses:  PHY1050 | PHY1510, PHY 1511

Department News

Dr. Barlow, freshman physics major Aaron Marlowe, and sophomore Sam Gordon were interviewed by Channel 14 about comet ISON. Check out the video of their interview.