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Physics & Engineering Department

Congratulations to our 2015 physics major graduates: Brett Amen, Frank Mignon, and Ramsay Shuck. 

On April 30, 2015, the Doane University Department of Physics & Engineering received a charter for a chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society. The charter was presented by Professor Steve Feller of Coe College, and former president of the Sigma Pi Sigma.  Below, Dr. Chris Wentworth and Dr. Susan Enders receive the charter from Dr. Feller.

Physics department

Our first set of inductees into Sigma Pi Sigma included junior physics major Zach Swanson, senior physics major Ramsay Shuck, faculty member Dr. Susan Enders, and junior physics major Chris Mauer.  The new inductees are shown here with Dr. Steve Feller and Dr. Chris Wentworth.

2015 Sigma Pi Sigma inductees

Introduction to the Department

Physics is concerned with basic questions about the structure and behavior of the physical universe: the description and causes of motion, the nature of energy and energy changes in systems, the interactions between particles, the relationship between the macroscopic behavior of a system and its microscopic parts. It is both a foundation for understanding other sciences, such as astronomy, chemistry and biology, and a source of practical knowledge used by the engineering disciplines which promote technological advances.

The Doane University Physics Department seeks to encourage student curiosity about the natural world and develop student understanding of it through the study of the most fundamental of the natural sciences.  The department serves students needing a general education science course, students majoring in other sciences requiring a technical background in physics, and students pursuing the physics major.

We offer a physics major and minor. Students interested in earning a professional engineering degree can participate in our Dual Degree Engineering Program, which allows earning a bachelors of science degree in physics from Doane and a bachelors of engineering from an ABET accredited college of engineering.  For additional information on the dual degree program, see the Pre-engineering Page.

Additional information about the department, its programs, and its students can be found in the links on the left.


The links below go to educational projects of national interest developed by faculty and students in the Department of Physics.

Doane Physics Video Library

This library contains video clips of physics-related phenomena in Quicktime and Flash formats. The clips can be used with video analysis software to obtain data. This collection was chosen to be a quality peer-reviewed resource by MERLOT (

The Humanized Physics Project

This NSF supported curriculum development project seeks to create an algebra-based introductory physics curriculum motivated by exploring how the human body works.

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