Wanek School of Natural Sciences

About the Department of Physics

We would LOVE to tell you more about the Department of Physics in person. If you prefer to talk about the department, call Dr. Briana Fiser, Chair of the Department of Physics (336-841-9412). If you prefer to read about us, here are some details.

What makes us unique?

There are two primary factors that distinguish our physics program from other programs nationally:

  1. teaching computational modeling in every course, starting with the introductory calculus-based physics course using Matter & Interactions and VPython, in the freshman year.
  2. engaging first-year students (i.e. freshmen) in a year-long, independent research project under the mentorship of a faculty member.

As a relatively new department and degree program, we seek to be innovative, creative, and effective in our approach to build a successful department that launches students into successful careers. Our success is measured by our alumni’s success.

The core values for faculty describe our focus on six core values including undergraduate research, mentoring, and effective teaching. We also seek to build strong community among students, whereby they support one another, work in teams, and find strong relational connections. It is the combination of these factors, along with outstanding faculty, that make us strong.

Students’ Mission and Students’ Learning Objectives

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 discovery — problem solving, fundamental physics, experimental methods, computational modeling, mathematics, and communication. Through classes, laboratory experiences, and undergraduate research, you will develop a scientific skill set with expertise in a wide variety of areas.

Upon completing the Physics Program at High Point University, you will understand how to:

  1. Design Experiments and analyze data.
  2. Solve problems and reason analytically.
  3. Work with electronics and instrumentation.
  4. Model physical systems computationally.
  5. Prepare scientific articles and research proposals.
  6. Present research orally and through poster presentations.
  7. Answer fundamental questions in theoretical physics related to Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics.

The objectives above can be simplified into four broad categories:  theoretical analysis, experimental analysis, computational modeling, and communication.


The B.S. and B.A. degree programs began in 2010. The first graduating class–5 physics majors–was in 2012. In 2013, the Department of Physics fissioned from the Department of Chemistry.

Since 2010, High Point University has grown from one to six full-time tenure-track faculty.

The national median graduating class in physics for nearly 500 Bachelor’s-only (physics) granting institutions is 5. From 2018 – 2020, our average is 8 graduates per year. We currently have more than 30 physics majors.

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