Physics and Astronomy

Department of Physics & Astronomy
(440) 826-2312

Experiential Learning: Physics major Gil Montague '15 put in such an impressive performance in his summer internship at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Fla., that he was asked to stay on for 16 weeks in the fall of 2014.

Solid Career Growth

Physicists develop new technologies, methods and theories. Career opportunities include engineering, research and teaching.


According to the 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of physicists and astronomers is expected to increase 14 percent from 2010 to 2020.


Learn more about physics from the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook


From astronomy to acoustics and engineering to environmental science, physics is a dynamic field of study that cuts across a spectrum of career opportunities.

A rigorous program rooted in science and mathematics, physics melds creativity with cognitive ability in applying theory and practicality to the world around us. 

Strong Academics

A multi-faceted discipline that prepares you for post-graduate studies as well as for workplace opportunities, physics builds skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and oral/written communication. You'll be both challenged and intrigued in employing logic, theory and creativity in solving calculations and in stimulating complex thinking.


Through a series of lectures, laboratories, discussions and independent work, you'll explore physics principles and their implications.  Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the forefront of our program.


We offer you the option of earning a bachelor's degree or following a 3/2 binary program. Students successfully completing the Pre-Engineering Program earn a bachelor of arts degree from BW and a bachelor of science degree in their chosen field of engineering from an engineering school

Physics is offered as a major and minor and can be applied toward Teacher Licensure.

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