Department of Physics, College of Sciences and Technology
Introduction/What is the Study of Physics?
Physics is the fundamental science. It is the study of matter and energy and the interaction between the two. Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology and Engineering apply the principles of physics to specific problems. Almost all areas of modern technology involve applications of physics. An undergraduate major in Physics provides a solid foundation upon which to build later work and study in physics, astronomy and engineering.
Why Consider a Physics Major?
A Bachelor’s degree in Physics provides an excellent foundation in liberal arts and technology. The Physics BS degree can open a variety of doors for jobs in high tech industries, government labs, and as preparation for graduate school. Recent Physics graduates have found positions in a variety of fields including engineering, software development, optoelectronics, failure analysis, and education, among many others. Many graduates have found the skills acquired in our degree program have prepared them for further academic studies in Physics, Astronomy, Engineering, Patent Law, Medical Physics, Medicine, and Education to name a few.
Astronomer | Engineer | Research and Development Scientist | Laboratory Technician | Software Developer | Technical Consultant | Physics Teacher | Industrial Hygienist | Geophysicist | Seismologist | Optical Devices Designer | Satellite Data Analyst | Science Writer
How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
Students are advised to declare the major as soon as possible, ideally no later than the end of the freshmen year or immediately upon transfer to Western. Contact the department office to declare in person or by mail. Be sure to provide unofficial copies of your transcript(s). We will determine which of the courses you have already taken will be applied toward the major and develop a plan of study for the remaining coursework. If you are not sure which program option is for you, we can help. Declaring the major allows you to receive important information from the department, priority enrollment into required courses, and benefits such as accounts on department computers and access to department study space.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.