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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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  • Dr. Pfeil awarded NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant

    Dr. Pfeil

    Dr. Shawn Pfeil (Physics) and Dr. Sullivan-Brown (Biology), along with two faculty members at Penn State Brandywine, were recently awarded a Major Research Instrumentation grant (MRI) from the NSF, "MRI: Acquisition of an advanced imaging system at a primarily undergraduate institution to promote research, teaching, and science outreach," (NSF #1828211, $462,940). This advanced imaging system will allow a wide range of biophysical measurements, including characterizing the kinetics and thermodynamics of novel DNA structures at the single-molecule level.

  • Congratulations Class of 2018 Physics graduates!

    Class of 2018 majors

    The Physics Department congratulates our recent Class of 2018 graduates!

  • 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's research on color-changing LEDs is featured in ACS Photonics and the news

    Dr. Brandon Mitchell

    Along with an international team of collaborators, Dr. Brandon Mitchell recently published ground-breaking results in the field of LED (light emitting diode) technology. In a recent paper in the journal ACS Photonics, Mitchell and collabortators describe a new approach to making LEDs which allows a single LED to change the color it emits. Among other applictaions, this technology promises to create new, less-expensive tv and smart phone screens with three times the resolution.

  • 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.

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Physics Tea & Seminars

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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