In physics, you explore 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 Majors
The physics major provides excellent preparation for students interested in graduate school in physics or physics-related fields. It also provides useful background and skills that are helpful for careers in engineering, computer programming, medicine, law, secondary education, and other related fields. Most students take 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 offers three degree options for physics majors to align with their career goals.
- The Physics Bachelor of Arts degree provides you with exposure to the depth and breadth of physics while maintaining the academic rigor required for successful entry into a broad variety of graduate programs and career options.
- The Physics Bachelor of Science degree includes a stronger emphasis on preparing students for more advanced study in physics or direct entry into professional‐level employment where a physics background is preferred.
- The Physics Bachelor of Arts with Pre-Engineering Option (3-2 Program) is an interdisciplinary program that combines an education in the liberal arts with one in engineering. You graduate with two degrees after spending three years at OWU and two years at an engineering school.
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 Physics majors participate in OWU's Summer Science Research Program, and many present their research at undergraduate research forums on campus and across the country.
The OWU Connection provides a variety of ways for you to expand your learning off campus and overseas.
From your first year on campus, you can take Travel-Learning Courses. You can also pursue OWU Connection Grants to conduct research off campus or spend a semester at another university in the U.S. or abroad.
European Space Agency
Build your experience and connections to the professional world with internships and research opportunities at major laboratory facilities.
Studying Neutrino Physics
Level Scheme and Spin Assignments
OWU faculty are outstanding scholars and researchers — and passionate teachers. They will push you, challenge you, inspire you, and work with you on your own research and creative projects.
They can even pack a 3-minute lecture with ideas, insight, and imagination. Check out our unique I³ lectures.
Summer Science Research Program
This 10-week program gives students the opportunity to carry out cutting-edge research side by side with faculty mentors.
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.
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