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.




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

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


Offered by the Physics and Astronomy department.