Bradley McCoy, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6535
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Bradley McCoy, Ph.D., teaches a variety of physics and Earth Science courses at APU. 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 won the University Leadership Award for his work on General Education Council. His research interests include phase transitions in smectic liquid crystals and education research on problem solving and epistemology.


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • B.S., California Institute of Technology

Academic Areas

  • Honors College
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics


  • Liquid crystals
  • Phase transitions
  • Physics faith integration
  • Scientific writing
  • Teaching by inquiry

Courses Taught

  • HON 340 - Nature
  • 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 430 - Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering
  • PHYC 440 – Quantum Mechanics
  • WRIT 240 - Writing 2: Scientific Writing

Office Hours

Monday 3:00-5:00pm, Tuesday 1:00-3:00pm, and Thursday 2:00-3:00pm

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