Bachelor of Science
School of Arts and Sciences
At Westminster, studying physics means investigating the mechanics behind the workings of the world. You will study the principles of matter and motion through time and space in experimental class settings. Westminster’s holistic approach to knowledge will give you the critical thinking, communication, laboratory, and technology skills you need to be successful in the field of natural science.
Who It's For
Students in the Physics program have a passion for problem-solving and learning. Program curriculum meets the needs of students who want to pursue a professional career or graduate work in physics, engineering, material science, biophysics, and a variety of other professions. If you have a desire to understand how things work, this program is the right fit for you.
- Cutting-edge equipment at the Meldrum Science Center for laboratory activities
- Small class sizes that allow you to collaborate in research opportunities with peers and professors
- Classes characterized by promoting critical thinking and learning through observation, prediction, and refinement—the same way original physics principles were discovered
- A community of learners who want to be challenged
"With the hands-on approach and the extremely well qualified instructors each student is able to excel. One of the best things about the program, and the school overall, is the small class sizes. This has allowed me to get plenty of one-on-one instruction from the professors, and not just a T.A."
About the Program
Studying physics means learning about the laws that govern our existence. Students explore the structure of the universe, from large cosmological phenomena to small particle behavior. Physics teaches you how to deconstruct problems and solve them at different levels of complexity.
What You'll Learn
- Develop a good functional understanding of physics, including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum physics, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, optics, and relativity
- Develop expert-like problem-solving skills
- Develop critical thinking and reasoning skills
- Develop laboratory skills
- Develop technology skills
- Improve communication, interpersonal, and questioning skills
- Develop and/or retain cognitive attitudes and beliefs (expectations) favorable for learning physics with a deep understanding
- Gain an understanding of the importance of collaborating with peers
- Develop a personal awareness regarding bias in science
Plan of Study
Students who want to major in physics start by taking introductory courses that explain the foundational ideas of the field. While simultaneously improving your reasoning and math skills, you will learn about multiple concentrations within the realm of physics and chose electives to customize your degree.
Liberal Education Courses
Introduction to Modern Physics
In this course, you will study the elementary concepts behind modern physics, including special relativity, quantum theory, nuclear and laser physics, and more. Through this course, you will discover all the future possibilities waiting for you.
This course will teach you programming techniques that are essential in a range of scientific disciplines. You will learn the principles of equation solving and simulation modeling, which will prepare you for a successful career in the sciences.
Whether you want to attend graduate school, medical school, be a leader on the workforce, or just understand more about the world that surrounds you, Westminster’s Physics program will help you turn your passions in actions. Through courses, you will get all the tools you need to be successful in any career path you choose. Physics majors are needed in all kinds of professions due to their problem-solving skills.
- Chemical physics
- Data analysis
- Geophysics and meteorology
- Material science
- Medical physics
- Quantum computing
The Physics program also offers a Physical Science composite major for students seeking an endorsement for secondary education, and an Academic and Teaching minor in Physics.
Tuition and Aid
There's No Better Investment Than You
Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.
With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.
You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.
In addition to general merit scholarships, other scholarship programs are available to support you throughout your time at Westminster.Check Out Scholarships
Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics program students graduating by 2022 can apply for the S-Cubed scholarship sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Recipients benefit from mentoring from industry professionals, support to attend a national conference, and collaboration with a strong cohort of peers.