Physics & Engineering Department


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.

Engineering is concerned with using the tools of science and mathematics to solve real world problems.  It is intrinsically interdisciplinary, involving knowledge from the natural sciences, computer science, and mathematics and informed by an understanding of the social and cultural context in which a problem solution must be provided. 

We offer majors in engineering, engineering physics, and physics and minors in engineering and physics. Engineering students can earn the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree within four years on our Crete campus or 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 any 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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