In physics, you study the universe, from the subatomic particles to massive galaxies. Physicists study the basic laws that govern the universe—and they develop innovations with practical applications, such as technologies in medicine, lasers, and computers.

About the Major

The physics major is good preparation for students interested in graduate school in biophysics, geophysics, oceanography, and physics. It can also be good preparation for careers in engineering, computer science, medicine, law, and other fields. Most students elect additional mathematics or computer science courses dealing with topics of their choice, such as advanced calculus, numerical analysis, complex variables, and computer programming languages.

Ohio Wesleyan now offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics. Both degrees provide students with exposure to the depth and breadth of physics. The Bachelor of Science degree includes a stronger emphasis on preparing students for more advanced study in the field or direct entry into professional‐level employment.


Graduate Outcomes

Claire Ryu '07

With a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and her M.D. from Columbia, Claire returned to OWU in 2015 to present “How Nuclear Physics Research Led Me on a Path to Become a Physician Scientist.”

Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3778
F 740-368-3999

Department Contact

Chair: Robert Harmon
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 131

Secretary: Kathy Boger
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 201