Department of Physics & Engineering
Bright line in neon, General Physics Lab
Our graduates report satisfying careers in physics and engineering. Our graduates often pursue an M.S. or Ph.D., and in the last 5 years, our acceptance rate is 94%. (View our Student Stories).
- Physics — B.S., B.A.
- Applied Physics — B.S.
- Engineering Dual-Degree Program
The Engineering Dual-Degree program is an agreement with WVU, UVa, and Virginia Tech. Students study three years at Wesleyan and then two years at the university. They earn two degrees — Wesleyan’s physics degree and the university’s engineering degree. Many courses count toward both degrees. The physics background gives Dual-Degree students an advantage in engineering.
The B.S. in Physics prepares students for employment or graduate study in physics or related fields. The program includes all the courses recommended by the American Association of Physics Teachers.
The B.S in Applied Physics focuses on applications of physics to meet the needs of society.
We use a hands-on approach with special emphasis on labs. In recent years, we have benefitted from grants from the U.S. Department of Education, NSF, NASA, Dominion, and the Naylor Foundation. These have enabled us to keep our labs up-to-date and to fund student research.
Program Learning Outcomes
Our graduates (2013-17)
Disciplines—Aerospace Engineering (4), Applied Physics (2), Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering (5), Electrical Engineering (3), Engineering Management, Geophysics (3), Industrial Engineering, Laser Science, Mechanical Engineering (11), Medical Physics (2), Physics (2), Physics Teacher (2), Safety Engineering
Advanced degrees—Cleveland State, Duke (2), Embry-Riddle, George Mason, Lehigh, Marshall, Ohio State, Pitt, Stanford, U of Arizona, U of Cincinnati, U of Kentucky, U of Louisville, U of Melbourne, U of North Carolina, Virginia Tech (3), WVU (16)
Employers—Bechtel-Bettis, Cross Motion Solutions, DNV-GL Environmental, General Motors, Kettering Medical Center, Key Logic, Koch Industries, Mercy Cancer Center, MITRE Corp, Mylan, NASA (3), National Energy Technology Lab, PDC Energy, Skyline Steel, Systems Planning and Analysts, Thrasher Engineering (4), Tower Engineering, U.S. Well Service, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base