Do you want to investigate the limits of space, the beginning of time, and everything in between? How about not only understanding the technology around us, but being a part of the next breakthrough? If so, then an education in physics and engineering is for you! The Physics and Engineering Department at West Chester University offers comprehensive degree programs in Physics, Engineering, and Physics Education. Each of these degrees leads to a plethora of rewarding and impactful careers. Physics is more than a subject; it is a way of understanding the world. The analytic and problem-solving skills you will master in your physics education are sought after on the job market and will benefit you at every step in your career. So, whether you pursue a career in research, engineering, industry, education, medicine, or law, a degree in physics is an excellent way to get started!
The B.S. Physics/B.S. Engineering program is a 5-year dual-degree program. A student in this program spends three years at West Chester, then two years at one of our partner institutions. Upon completing this program a student earns both a B.S. in Physics from West Chester University and a bachelor's degree in engineering from the partner institution. Coursework at West Chester provides the foundation in physics and mathematics, as well as well related topics such as computer programming and economics, necessary for an engineering career. Students adopt an engineering specialty upon matriculating to the partner institution. Currently, our partner institutions are Columbia University, Case Western Reserve University, Penn State University, and Philadelphia University.
Specialized degree programs in Physics, Engineering, and Physics Education
Small upper-level classes (around 10 students) allow for close faculty-student interactions and mentoring
Students engage in cutting-edge research with WCU faculty and their collaborations
B.S.Ed. program is a member of the 5+ Club
Study abroad opportunities including studying modern physics in London
WCU Physics and Engineering alums enjoy careers in research, engineering, academia, secondary education, government, medicine, and law. Some of our recent graduates hold the following job titles:
Our alumni have also gone on to pursue graduate programs across the country, including:
Haley Buckner (B.S. Physics ’18) is now a first-year doctoral student in Materials Science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While at WCU, Haley conducted research with Prof. Kandalam, completed a Nation Science Foundation REU program at Vanderbilt University, and was the president of WCU’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students.