Believing that active learning embraces the life of the mind, Wittenberg’s Department of Physics engages students in the study of the behavior of nature from the largest to the smallest scales, and from the fundamental to the immediately practical. By discovering patterns in nature and exploring ways to explain them, the department strives to prepare students to better understand the world around us.
Through curriculum that emphasizes hands-on experience with laboratory equipment and computer applications as well as the development of technical communication skills, physics majors gain extensive research experience in collaboration with faculty whose areas of expertise range from Sub-Atomic and Dusty Plasma physics to Radio Astronomy, Electromagnetics and Space Physics, and more. Many students conduct additional research or participate in off-campus internships, and students regularly present their research at national and regional professional society meetings.
Program Mission Statement: Wittenberg’s Physics Programs strives to provide a rigorous, flexible, and effective curriculum for physics majors and minors, with sufficient depth of study for those students who expect to pursue physics, astronomy, or engineering at the graduate level, or embark on technical careers; provide effective and relevant service courses for the many students whose majors or career goals require physics or astronomy courses; provide effective and engaging courses for the many students who choose to take physics or astronomy courses as part of the breadth of a liberal arts education.
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.