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Bradley McCoy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Physics
Phone: (626) 815-6000 Ext. 6535
Bradley McCoy, Ph.D., teaches a variety of physics and Earth Science courses at APU. His research includes studies of the physics of granular materials and phase transitions in smectic liquid crystals. McCoy uses current advances in physics education research in his teaching methods, with specific emphasis on learning science by group problem solving within the framework of an organized problem solving strategy and by inquiry-based laboratory exercises. He is interested in general education and in connections between science and faith.


Ph.D. - University of Minnesota, 2007
B.S. - California Institute of Technology, 2001


  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Mathematics and Physics


  • Granular materials
  • Liquid crystals
  • Phase transitions
  • Sand
  • Smectic materials
  • Teaching by inquiry

Courses Taught

MATH 430 – Mathematical Physics
PHYC 125 – Earth Science Concepts and Applications
PHYC 130 – Earth Science
PHYC 151 – Physics for Life Sciences I
PHYC 152 – Physics for Life Sciences II
PHYC 161 – Physics for Science and Engineering I
PHYC 162 – Physics for Science and Engineering II
PHYC 263 – Physics for Science and Engineering III
PHYC 401 – Thermodynamics
PHYC 440 – Quantum Mechanics

Office Location

Segerstrom Science Center, Room 111, West Campus

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