Physics & Astronomy

Do you want to understand the underlying physical laws of the universe? Do you want to apply knowledge of the physical world to a successful career? If yes, then the physics major at Widener may be what you are looking for.

Why major in physics at Widener University?

You will gain an understanding of the major sub disciplines of physics and astronomy, as well as the methods of measurement, data analysis, and mathematical and computational analysis. You will also gain a broad background in the liberal arts. This mix will provide you with a strong foundation for success.

You can study the universe through the Widener University Observatory’s 16-inch Meade Cassegrain reflecting telescope providing state of the art observational data on objects in the Solar System and the Milky Way Galaxy.

In addition you can choose to pursue a double major in physics and either electrical engineering or mechanical engineering through a special joint curriculum.

Physics can be your launching pad for a myriad of graduate school and career options. You will be prepared to:

  • work with semiconductors, nano-structures, and other exotic materials
  • design instrumentation for use in astrophysics and cosmology
  • develop computational tools for weather prediction
  • design lasers for use in manufacturing, medicine, and information science
  • work with photonics for use in information storage and transfer
  • work in the fields of power generation (geothermal, nuclear, wind, and other forms) and biophysics

We invite you to come to campus and meet with our faculty members and students. Experience the excitement that is the physics major at Widener.