Physics
Offered by the Physics and Astronomy department.

Big universe. Small classes. As a physics major at Wheaton, you’ll learn about and experiment with subjects like optics, quantum mechanics, electromagnetic fields, astronomy, and planetary science. You will also embark on original scientific research, which could lead to co-authoring a paper with your professor or presenting your findings at a national conference. A physics major also aligns with our 3+2 dual degree option, which leads to a bachelor of arts from Wheaton and a bachelor’s in engineering from a partner program.

Programs

Outcomes

93% of Physics majors from the past five years have found employment or attended graduate school within six months of graduation *

93%
of Physics majors

Recent Graduates


Sample First Jobs

  • Application Scientist, SciApps
  • Inspector, T.Y. Lin
  • Project Engineer, FORMA Construction Company
  • Software Engineer, Draper Labs
  • Technical Support Associate, TextHelp


Sample Graduate Schools

  • University of Florida
  • University of Michigan
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 52% for the classes of 2014-2018

Recent student internships

The Wheaton Edge offers experiences beyond the classroom.

Riad Jaber

2021, Computer Science, Physics

Virginia A. Weil '65 Endowed Internship Fund

Fujitsu Advanced Technology Limited, Kawasaki, Tokyo, Japan

My goal is to work in nuclear power, a field that requires multiple areas of knowledge, such as computer modeling and artificial intelligence. This internship helped me work on the skills required to build an effective model to simulate different scenarios on a computer.

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

Xuesheng Chen

Professor of Physics

Geoffrey Collins

Professor of Geology

John Michael Collins

Professor of Physics

Jason C. Goodman

Associate Professor of Physics; Chair of the Department of Physics

Anthony Houser

Instructor of Physics

Dipankar Maitra

Associate Professor of Physics/Astronomy