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Physics and Engineering


Southern’s physics and engineering students develop professionally and personally through problem-solving and research.

The Physics and Engineering Department offers a strong curriculum proven to be an excellent preparation for careers in science research, engineering, medicine and education.

Students may participate in relevant current research, gaining experience in both experimental and theoretical disciplines.

Students use industry-standard software, such as SolidWorks 3D CAD and Mathematica.

Students successfully compete for external summer research programs and internships.

Professors are comfortable sharing their Christian perspective on physics, professional growth, and everyday life.

Physics majors are eligible for four competitive scholarships.

Beyond the Classroom

Academic programs are complemented with practical learning experiences in the community and beyond.


A working relationship with Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides opportunity for field trips and internships.


Students have the opportunity to present at the American Physical Society, the Tennessee Academy of Sciences, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and other international professional conferences.

Physics/Engineering Club

The Physics/Engineering Club is open to majors and non-majors. It sponsors seminars and develops physics demonstrations to showcase at area elementary schools. The club’s student leaders plan various social events, sometimes jointly with other clubs on campus.

Physics Department News


Ken Caviness

Chair, Physics & Engineering Department

Professor of Physics

Vola Andrianarijaona

Professor of Physics

Blake Laing

Professor of Physics

Sean Walters

Professor of Engineering

Tyson Hall

Adjunct Professor of Engineering

Chris Hansen

Adjunct Professor of Physics

Henry Kuhlman

Adjunct Professor of Engineering and Physics

Steven Kuhlman

Adjunct Professor

Delsin Menolascino

Adjunct Professor of Physics

Alumni Voices

Matt Anderson and Nikki Ross describe how the Physics and Engineering program at Southern prepared them for exciting careers and how the professors not only loved what they were teaching but the students as well.


Physics Office Phone


P.O. Box 370
Collegedale Tn 37315

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