2019-2020 Catalog with Addendum II 
    Dec 05, 2021  
2019-2020 Catalog with Addendum II [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering and Physics

Jess Dowdy, Chair
ACU Box 27963
Abilene, Texas 79699-7963
Onstead Science Center, Room 113

Phone: 325-674-6539
Fax: 325-674-2146
Email: jess.dowdy@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 113


Robert Brown, Assistant Professor
Michael Daugherity, Associate Professor
Jess Dowdy, Professor and Department Chair
Jim Drachenberg, Associate Professor
Tim Head, Professor
J. Darby Hewitt, Associate Professor
Lori Houghtalen, Assistant Professor
Donald Isenhower, Professor
Larry Isenhower, Assistant Professor
Rich Jinkerson, College Faculty
Tim Kennedy, Assistant Professor and Executive Director of Engineering
Scott Marshall, Assistant Professor
Ray Smith, College Faculty
Rusty Towell, Professor

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 degrees are 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 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 plans to offer study abroad experiences for Engineering and Physics students in Leipzig,Germany beginning summer 2019. 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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