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Bradley McCoy, Ph.D.

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
  • B.S., California Institute of Technology


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