Physics is concerned with discovering patterns and regularities in nature and finding ways to describe and explain these patterns in order to help us better understand the world around us. The Wittenberg Physics Faculty, through active engagement and collaborative student research, prepare students to join in the fun of exploring and better understanding the world around us.
What will be the ultimate fate of the universe? Why can some materials carry currents without resistance? How can we make images of nerve activity in the brain? Because physics is concerned with fundamental questions such as these, many ideas and tools developed by physicists are useful in other disciplines. An education in physics provides a strong background for careers in a vast number of science, engineering and medical fields.
Through curriculum that emphasizes hands-on experience with laboratory equipment and computer applications as well as the development of technical communication skills, physics majors gain extensive research experience in collaboration with faculty whose areas of expertise range from sub-atomic and dusty plasma physics to radio astronomy, electromagnetics and space physics, and more. Many students conduct additional research or participate in off-campus internships, and students regularly present their research at national and regional professional society meetings.
Many students who leave Wittenberg with a degree in physics continue their studies in graduate school. Others pursue careers in fields such as engineering, astronomy, computer science, law, business, medicine and education. Physicists have knowledge and skills that are applicable to a wide range of problems. Consequently, physicists are always in demand.
Program Mission Statement:
Wittenberg's physics program strives to provide a rigorous, flexible and effective curriculum for physics majors and minors, with sufficient depth of study for those students who expect to pursue physics, astronomy or engineering at the graduate level, or embark on technical careers; provide effective and relevant service courses for the many students whose majors or career goals require physics or astronomy courses; and provide effective and engaging courses for the many students who choose to take physics or astronomy courses as part of the breadth of a liberal arts education.
Physics in the News:
Charlie Painter '69: Longtime Tennis Coach Charlie Painter ’69 Honored For His Efforts in the Sport (December 13, 2019)
Kathryn Volk '06: Alumna Explores Existence of New Planet with Wittenberg Series’ Speaker (published September 24, 2019)
Experimenting on the International Space Station: Wittenberg Physicist Helps Test Theory as Part of 12-Member Team (published July 26, 2019)
Rewarding Research: Wittenberg Physics Professors Create Graduate-Level Opportunities for Students Through National Funding (July 11, 2018)
On a Mission: Nuclear Engineer Tosha Bell '07 Is Keeping us Safe and Secure (published February 22, 2018)
Among The Elite: Lydia Kisley Was Recently Named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 List (published January 27, 2017)
Wendell Lutz '66 to Receive Prestigious Quimby Award from AAPM: Prestigious Quimby Award Given to Wendell Lutz '66 (published May 3, 2016)
Presenting Student Research: Megan Heitkemper '16 and Justin Krupa '17 Present Original Research at American Physical Society Annual Meeting (published January 30, 2015)
Learning from a Legend: Theoretical Physicist Michio Kaku to Speak at Annual Leventhal Family Lecture and IBM Endowed Lecture in the Sciences (published October 20, 2014)