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 science or a bachelor of arts from Wheaton and a bachelor’s in engineering from a partner program.
- Physics Minor Minor
93% of Physics majors from the past five years have found employment or attended graduate school within six months of graduation *
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
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