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Department of Physics & Engineering


Contact Department of Physics & Engineering  

Department of Physics & Engineering

127 Merion Science Center
West Chester, PA 19383

Chair: Anthony J. Nicastro
Phone: 610-436-2497
Fax: 610-436-3013


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  • Matt Penecale Named To CoSIDA Academic All-District Men’s Basketball Team

    Matt Penecale

    Physics major and basketball athlete Matt Penecale has been selected as member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Men's Basketball Team. He is one of just 152 student athletes from across all major divisions to be honored for their academic and athletic achievement.

    Read more about Matt Penecale!

  • Dr. Mitchell featured in WCU's 2017 Spotlight on Faculty Research

    Dr. Brandon Mitchell

    Dr. Brandon Mitchell's research achievements will be honored in WCU's second annual Spotlight on Faculty Research. This event honors WCU faculty for accomplishments "contributing nationally… to advancing scholarship and research in their fields of study." Congratulations to Dr. Mitchell!

  • Physics & Engineering Department 2014

    We offer a comprehensive education in Physics and exciting research opportunities that prepare students for academic and professional careers. Our small upper-level classes (around 10 students) allow for close faculty-student interactions and mentoring. Many students take part in cutting-edge research with faculty members. We continue to stay in touch and act as a resource to graduates long after they obtain their degree. Please stop by the Department and discover for yourself all we have to offer.

    Learn more about news and events here.

  • Our B.S. Ed program is in "5+ Club"

    West Chester University has been added to "The 5+ Club", a prestigious roster of institutions that have produced five or more physics teachers in a single year. The list is managed by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC).

    The 5+ Club winners, a total of 12 institutions that also includes Rowan University (5), University of Arkansas (5) and Boston University (6), were recognized at the opening plenary of the PhysTEC Conference in Baltimore in March. Brigham Young University topped the list, graduating 17 physics teachers in one year.

    PhysTEC is an education program of the American Physical Society (APS) in partnership with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), with support from the National Science Foundation.

    More information on "5+ Club" can be found at PhysTEC.

  • Physics Tea Every Thursday

    Physics Tea Thursday

    Join us each Thursday at 3:00 pm in the Physics Library (Merion 125) for The Physics Tea. This is a social time we have set aside for physics students and faculty to chat about physics, classes, grad school, and anything else that happens to come up in conversation. It's a great time to relax and see your professors and classmates in an informal atmosphere outside the classroom. Visitors are welcome, especially alumni and prospective students!

    Learn more about the Physics Tea event here.

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Career Opportunities

With a Physics degree, you can pursue a career in research, engineering, teaching, government, medicine, finance, economics, law & litigation, consulting, writing & publishing, and more!


West Chester University has been named a best buy by Kiplinger Magazine for our excellent education at an affordable price.

In addition, the Physics Department offers the following scholarships, for current students:

  • Robert M. Brown Endowed Scholarship
  • Dr. Michael F. Martens Award
  • Diane and Roger Casagrande Scholarship
  • Benjamin Faber Award
  • The Science and Theology Award

Additional information is available in the Student Handbook for Physics Majors .

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