Jeffrey Wilkerson

Jeffrey Wilkerson portrait
Professor of Physics

Office: Valders 272G

Phone: 563-387-1226



Education: Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Berkeley; M.S., Physics, University of California, Berkeley; B.S., Physics, Indiana University

Jeffrey Wilkerson has been a professor in the physics department since 1997, focusing on the topics of x-ray and gamma-ray detector development, and the study of variable stars in clusters. Some of his course topics include Astrophysics, Classical Physics II, and Intro to Astronomy.

SCI-121: Intro to Astronomy
A course designed to develop an understanding and appreciation of our larger environment, the physical universe itself: planets, stars, galaxies, and space. Instruments and methods used in astronomical investigations. The Spitz planetarium is used throughout the course. Occasional evening observation periods using both the naked eye and the telescope.

PHYS-354: Astrophysics
A general, intermediate course on the physics of astronomical objects. Includes introduction to descriptive astronomy. Topics include celestial mechanics, structure of and evolution of stars and topics taken from galactic astronomy and cosmology. Offered every three years.

PHYS-182: Classical Physics II
This course continues the discussion of physical ideas begun in physics 181. Topics include optics, electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic waves and electric circuits. The laboratory work focuses on measurement and observation to enhance conceptual understanding of the material.

  • Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
  • M.S., Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
  • B.S., Physics, Indiana University, 1987