Wheaton College offers two majors to students through the Physics Department― Physics and Liberal Arts Engineering.

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The physics major provides students with a solid training in experimental and theoretical physics. The core curriculum includes classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, optics, and electronics. Students completing the physics major are well prepared for graduate study in physics or a related area and many of our students do go on to advanced degree programs. The major also prepares students well for a wide variety of careers in which analytical thinking and problem-solving are used every day. Three specialized tracks are also available within the major for students wishing to pursue chemical physics (a hybrid of chemistry and physics), geophysics (a hybrid of geology and physics), or secondary education in physics.

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Liberal Arts Engineering

The physics department oversees the dual degree engineering program which leads to a B.A. or B.S. in Liberal Arts Engineering. Students in this program combine a study of the liberal arts, math, physics, and chemistry at Wheaton College with detailed engineering coursework at one of many accredited engineering programs around the country.

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