College of Arts & Sciences
- Science Division
- Kirkbride Hall, Room 323
- tel: 610-499-4003
- fax: 610-499-4496
- Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Kirkbride Hall, Room 366B
- tel: 610-499-4006
Physics & Astronomy
Do you think the universe is fascinating? Do you care to understand nature and improve our everyday life? 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're looking for.
Physics is the study of the underlying physical laws that govern space, time, matter, and energy. Physics attempts to explain diverse observed physical phenomena in terms of a few fundamental laws and mathematical models that range in size from the elementary particles to the large-scale structure of the observable universe.
The physics program includes a broad background in the liberal arts. Our mix of physics, astronomy, and liberal arts courses have given our graduates a strong foundation for future success.
- Physics/electrical engineering
- Physics/mechanical engineering
Students can pursue a dual degree that results in a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and physics or mechanical engineering and physics within four years. Interested students should contact the chairs of both departments to arrange their study program and schedule.
Since its completion in January 2005, the Widener Observatory has allowed for exploration of the night sky by community members, faculty, and students in physics and astronomy courses. Brilliant images of planets, stars, and galaxies have all been captured with the assistance of the Observatory’s 16-inch computerized Meade Cassegrain reflecting telescope.
- Architect or structural engineer
- Financial analyst
- Computer programmer
- College professor
- High school teacher
- Industrial researcher
- Medical physicist
More information on physics careers can be found on the American Institute of Physics: Career Resources webpage.
Recent Employers/Graduate Programs
- Drexel University
- Cornell University
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
- Stevens Institute of Technology
- University of Arizona
- University of Delaware
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- University of New Hampshire