Astronomy and Physics
Offered by the Physics and Astronomy department.

A galaxy. A solar system. A particle. The interdisciplinary astronomy and physics major explores a world of information, from the universe and solar system to ancient astronomies, astrobiology and astrophysics. If you’re looking to understand astronomy on a deeper level—more than what you’d find in a minor—this program is ideal. Also, since it provides the physics foundation required to study engineering, this major pairs well with our 3+2 dual-degree program, which allows you to earn a bachelor of arts from Wheaton and a bachelor’s in engineering at a participating school.

Program

Faculty

John Michael Collins

Professor of Physics, Chair of Physics and Astronomy

Diana Davis Spencer Discovery Center, Room 1334

(508) 286-3976

Geoffrey Collins

Professor of Geology

Diana Davis Spencer Discovery Center 1331

(508) 286-5626

Dipankar Maitra

Associate Professor of Physics/Astronomy

Mars Center for Science and Technology, Room 1330

(508) 286-5697

Xuesheng Chen

Professor of Physics

Diana Davis Spencer Discovery Center 1333

(508) 286-3977

Jason C. Goodman

Associate Professor of Physics

Diana Davis Spencer Discovery Center 1332

(508) 286-5855

Anthony Houser

Instructor of Physics

Diana Davis Spencer Discovery Center, Room 1329

(508) 286-3979

Recent student internships

The Wheaton Edge offers experiences beyond the classroom.

Kellen Bogardus

2020, Physics

For Once in My Life Wheaton Fund Internship

Wheaton College Physics Department, Professor John Collins, Norton, MA

This internship connected with my major by giving me hands-on experience doing physics research that I have not been able to experience in lab classes during the academic year.

Faculty

Timothy Barker

Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus

Geoffrey Collins

Professor of Geology

Dipankar Maitra

Associate Professor of Physics/Astronomy