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Department Highlights | Physics and Philosophy
The physics department seeks to dramatically expand our students’ knowledge of God’s universe so that they might be more faithful stewards of God’s gifts and more informed worshippers of the one true God. The department also encourages students to become motivated servants who take seriously the fact that knowledge in physics carries with it the responsibility for practical application in redemptive activity. Lastly, the department helps students identify their particular callings related to physics and helps them develop confidence that God can use their physics knowledge and skills to accomplish His purposes in them in terms of those callings. Through their programs and services to other departments, the physics department provides a solid grounding in the discipline of physics while also connecting the discipline to other disciplines like philosophy and theology.
Dr. Donald Petcher retired at the end of Spring 2019.
David Myers ’12 published an article on quantum gases, which can be viewed here.
Despite the pandemic, their summer plans for research include Ben Luke’s ’22 work on a theoretical modeling of proximity effect.
Dr. Phillip R. Broussard is the chair of the physics department. One of his research interests is the field of thin film condensed matter, and he has experience across many other topics such as superconducting proximity effect and film characterization techniques.
The study of philosophy at Covenant College helps students understand the discipline and it’s inescapable relevance to their lives. The history of philosophy is an account of philosophers and thinkers making recommendations about how to conceive of or to interpret elements of human experience. One of the aims of philosophy is to examine these recommendations to see how they stand up under rigorous analysis. Another goal is to bring together such interpretive ideas and concepts into a coherent framework or worldview. Distinctively Christian philosophy seeks to study the ideas and concepts that compose a given worldview from the standpoint of biblical presuppositions. The end of such activity is to assist students in developing a Christian worldview that enables them better to live in a way that pleases God and that consequently provides for a more meaningful life.
Dr. William Davis ’82 is the coordinator of faculty development and the original author of the Christian Mind’s core curriculum book In all things Christ preeminent.
Dr. John Wingard is the chair of the philosophy department and dean of humanities. His research interests include epistemology, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion. He enjoys hanging out with students over coffee and getting involved in his local church.