Physics is the study of how nature works, from the unimaginably small world of sub‑atomic particles to the marvelously huge world of galaxies and black holes. It is a basic science that has an important impact on the problems facing modern society. Physicists help attack these problems directly through research and indirectly through teaching, both at the secondary and the university levels.
Western Michigan University's Department of Physics prides itself on the high quality of its teaching and faculty-student relationships. It is large enough to offer strong, well-rounded programs, yet small enough to promote good communication and interaction between faculty and students. Its diverse research program complements its teaching commitment, and ambitious undergraduate students have many opportunities to participate in research.
If you would like to study physics at the undergraduate level, WMU has three majors and three minors from which you can choose:
- Physics major
- Secondary education physics major
- Geophysics major
- Physics minor
- Secondary education physics minor
- Astronomy minor
Beyond the classroom
As a physics student at WMU, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience and build your professional network through registered student organizations like the WMU Physics Club. The WMU Physics Club promotes communication and scholarship among physics students by providing opportunities to learn about current research, explore career opportunities in physics, and exchange scientific ideas.
You might also consider spending some time in WMU's Physics Student Commons. Located in Rood Hall, the student commons is a great place for physics students to study, relax, and enjoy quiet discussion and socializing.
After you graduate
Recent WMU graduates with a degree in physics are working in the areas of:
- Communications technology
- Computer modeling
- Energy production and storage
- Environmental protection
- K-12 teaching
- Lasers and optoelectronics
- Medical diagnostics
- Remote sensing and measurement
- Science museums
- Space exploration
Additionally, many students with bachelor’s degree attend graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. leading to careers in research and college or university teaching.
Where is this program offered?
Other programs of interest
- Aerospace Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Chemistry: ACS Certified
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Construction Engineering
- Earth Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering Design Technology
- Engineering Management Technology
- Environmental and Sustainability Studies
- Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering
- Manufacturing Engineering Technology
- Mechanical Engineering
- Paper Engineering
- Secondary Education