Major in Physics

Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of
Arts and Sciences

Physics Major


Whatever path students choose, they benefit from small class sizes and student-oriented faculty members who genuinely care about each student's concerns and future.

Dr. Linda S. Dake

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics

Phone: (315) 792-3805
Office: 266 Gordon Science Center

Dr. Linda S. Dake (ldake@utica.edu) holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Main, Orono, an M.S. degree in chemistry from Washington State University, and a B.A. degree in Physics from Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington. Her research interests include solid state physics, surface science, and thin film and interfacial analysis. She is currently exploring self-assembled organic monolayers and their interactions with metals. Prior to joining the Utica College faculty, she was a research scientist at Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories, and at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She is a prolific and eclectic reader, an avid experimenter in the fiber arts, and enjoys the outdoors.

Dr. Lawrence H. Day

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics

Phone: (315) 792-3099
Office: 264 Gordon Science Center

Dr. Lawrence H. Day (lday@utica.edu) received his Ph.D. from McGill University after receiving his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.A.Sc. (Bachelor of Applied Science) from the University of Toronto. While his doctoral research involved the representations of symmetry pertaining to Super String theory, he also does research in physics pedagogy, specifically on how students' prior misconceptions influence their learning of physics. Dr. Day teaches general and advanced physics courses, engineering, astronomy, physics for the liberal arts and history and philosophy of science. Dr. Day enjoys performing Renaissance music on the viola da gamba, reading Modern European fiction and Indian food.

Dr. Joseph S. Ribaudo

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics

Phone: (315) 223-2516
Office: 269 Gordon Science Center
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Dr. Joseph S. Ribaudo (jsribaud@utica.edu) holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Physics from the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) and a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Allegheny College (Meadville, PA). Some of his research interests include the circulation of gas throughout circumgalactic environments and the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time. He is also interested in science education and making STEM opportunities available for the local community. Dr. Ribaudo teaches a variety of general physics courses and the astronomy offerings for the department. He enjoys many outdoor activities as well as brewing beer and playing the guitar (poorly).


Linda S. Dake, Ph.D.
266 Gordon Science Center

(315) 792-3805
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