Are there more than three spatial dimensions to the universe?
What is time?
What will be the ultimate fate of the universe?
Why can't I unmix the cream from my coffee?
What happens if two atomic nuclei collide at nearly the speed of light?
Physicists explore questions such as these, studying the behavior of nature from the largest to the smallest scales, and from the fundamental to the immediately practical. Albert Einstein once wrote that "the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible." Physics is concerned with discovering patterns and regularities in nature and finding ways to describe and explain these patterns in order to help us better understand the world around us.
Physics Major Lisa Simpson wins Undergraduate Research Prize at AAS meeting!
Please see here for more info on the award, and here for the abstract of the work.
Special News Item: Physics Majors/Minors attend national Physics Congress.
For further details see Press Release, or the article by Steven La Count. Witt Students at Physics Congress (group (l), with Freeman Dyson (r))
Wittenberg's physics program is designed to give you a foundation of sufficient depth and breadth to enable you to pursue physics at the graduate level or to embark on other technical careers. Our curriculum emphasizes hands-on experience with laboratory equipment and computer applications as well as the development of technical communication skills, all of which are highly valued by employers and graduate programs.
All physics majors gain research experience in a senior capstone project of their choosing; faculty are active in mentoring students in these capstone projects. Many students do additional research or participate in off-campus internships. Our students regularly present their research at national and regional professional society meetings. Many physics majors find on-campus employment as tutors in physics or the Math Workshop, or assisting faculty with special projects.
More than 60% of Wittenberg physics majors go on to graduate school in physics, astronomy, engineering, or related fields. Graduate programs attended by our recent graduates include:
Physicists have knowledge and skills that are applicable to a wide range of problems. Consequently, physicists are always in demand by employers. Jobs held by our recent graduates include:
Physics Department in the News:
The Physics Department's goals are to:
Physics majors pursuing a career in secondary education in math and science may be eligible for the Robert C. Noyce Scholarship. Learn more about the Noyce Scholarship on the Wittenberg Noyce Scholarship homepage.