2022-2023 Catalog With Addendum 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog With Addendum [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering and Physics

Tim Head, Chair
ACU Box 27963
Abilene, Texas 79699-7963
Onstead Science Center, Room 113

Phone: 325-674-6539
Fax: 325-674-2146
Email: tim.head@acu.edu
Web: http://www.acu.edu/engineering-physics

Tim Kennedy, Executive Director of Engineering
ACU Box 27963
Abilene, Texas 79699-7963
Onstead Science Center, Room 137D


Robert Brown, Assistant Professor
Michael Daugherity, Professor
Jess Dowdy, Professor
Jim Drachenberg, Professor
Tim Head, Professor, Department Chair, and Assistant Director of NEXT Lab
J. Darby Hewitt, Associate Professor
Lori Houghtalen, Associate Professor and Executive Associate Dean for the Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
Donald Isenhower, Professor
Larry Isenhower, Associate Professor
Tim Kennedy, Associate Professor and Executive Director of Engineering
Ryan Kutayiah, Assistant College Professor
Joseph Makarewicz, Associate College Professor
Monique Marquardt, Associate College Professor and Director of Corporate Engagement
Scott Marshall, Assistant Professor
Richard Pearce, Associate College Professor
Rusty Towell, Professor and Director of NEXT Lab

The Department of Engineering and Physics offers two different degrees; a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree. The BS degree is awarded for majors in Physics and Physics and Math Teaching. The Physics major has five tracks:

  • Physics (PHYS)
  • Engineering Science Technology (PHYA)
  • Engineering Physics (PHYN)
  • Medical Physics (PHYM)
  • Computational Physics (PHYC)

The BSE degree is awarded for the Engineering major. The BSE degree is an integrated general engineering program offering the following concentrations:

  • Civil Engineering (CE)
  • Electrical Engineering (EE)
  • General Engineering (GE)
  • Industrial Engineering (IE)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)

The engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.The department works with the Department of Teacher Education and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to offer teacher certification in physical and composite science (see the Chemistry and Biochemistry  section of this catalog). A minor in engineering science or physics may be added to other majors.


In the Abilene Christian University Department of Engineering and Physics, students share in an intellectual atmosphere that promotes the growth of individual abilities. The faculty and students in engineering and physics do not confine learning to the classroom, but rather join in a broad spectrum of activities that includes doing basic research, completing engineering internships, partnering with industry and national labs in capstone experiences, teaching in the laboratory, and participating in national student organizations.

Many of our graduates have gone into graduate programs with fellowships and assistantships at excellent universities in physics, engineering physics, medicine, medical physics, computer science, astronomy, and many fields of engineering throughout the country while others have gone directly into industry positions. Our graduates agree that their undergraduate training at ACU was particularly well suited for their endeavors.

Applied Physics M.S. Program at Texas Tech University

Under an articulation agreement, ACU students are guaranteed acceptance into Texas Tech University’s MS degree program in physics after completing a BS degree at ACU in physics with the following stipulations:

  1. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and GPA of 3.25 in advanced physics courses;
  2. Receive at least a “B” in PHYS 491 , PHYS 472 , and PHYS 342 ; and
  3. Meet all of the requirements of the Texas Tech Graduate School.

Special Offerings for Non-Majors

Physics can help students explore the universe with a telescope, consider the stewardship of creation, think about the influence which science has had on the world, and think about the relationship between science and religion. The Department of Engineering and Physics has courses for non-majors, which explore each of these areas. PHYS 101 - Astronomy , uses telescopes to look at the universe. PHYS 378 - History and Philosophy of Science , and PHYS 379 - Philosophy, Religion and Science , both explore the relationship between science, religion, literature, social science and the arts. PHYS 203 - Physical Science for Teachers  is specifically designed to help preservice teachers prepare for a career in education. These courses will satisfy university general education requirements.

Study Abroad Expectations

All students are encouraged to participate in ACU’s Study Abroad program. The department offers study abroad experiences for Engineering and Physics students in Leipzig, Germany and Honduras. Classes offered at Study Abroad sites vary depending on the site. Academic advisors from Central Advising can assist students in planning ahead for their Study Abroad experience and should be consulted during the freshman year.


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