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 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 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. The Bachelor of Science
  • The Physics Bachelor of Science and degree includes a stronger emphasis on preparing students for more advanced study in the field or direct entry into professional‐level employment.
  • 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.


Graduate Outcomes

Kamali Jones '16

Kamali is enrolled in the Physics Ph.D. program at Duke University. At OWU, he isotope research using the particle accelerator at Florida State University, and he received an OWU Connection grant to study the sustainability of nanotechnology in Mumbai.


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