Swanson Science Center at W&J.


The Department of Physics has a tradition of students who succeed in graduate study, business, and industry.

Students receive one-on-one instruction in addition to classroom learning, and have opportunities for research and internships. The department offers a major and minor in physics, a major in biological physics, and courses in earth and space science, information technology, and environmental studies. A major in physics requires 13 courses and a minor requires six.

The Physics Department includes four main areas of study: Physics; Engineering; Biological Physics; and Earth and Space Science. See the web pages specific to those areas of study for more information. Additional information is available in the W&J College Catalog.

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Junior Awarded Dual Degree Program Scholarship

Junior Awarded Dual Degree Program Scholarship
June 10, 2014

Ryan Wehrle received a scholarship to attend both W&J and Washington University to receive a dual degree in engineering.



Joel W. Cannon, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics

Michael S. Pettersen, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics

William S. Sheers, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics and Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience

Michael E. McCracken, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics


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