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.
All Physics and Astrophysics majors complete a year-long research project during their senior year. This gives them an opportunity to put what they've learned in their classes into practice and helps to prepare them for jobs or graduate school.
Many students have presented at undergraduate research forums, and Claire Ryu ’07 was one of three students nationwide to receive the 2007 Outstanding Student Award for Undergraduate Research from the Society of Physics Students, and presented her nuclear physics research at the International Conference of Physics Students in London, England.
Summer Science Research Program
Electronics & Computing
A 10-node Beowulf computing cluster and a complete electronics lab are available for student research projects.
Society of Physics Students
The OWU Chapter of this student organization has received the national Blake Lilly Prize for positively influencing the attitudes of school children and the general public about physics.