Bachelor in Physics

Wabash College

Program Description

Bachelor in Physics

Wabash College

Our students share the advantages of a large university while benefiting from the close personal interaction unique to a small college.

Our energetic faculty members are not only deeply committed to education in a liberal arts environment, but they are also actively engaged in significant research with major universities and national laboratories.

The goal of the Wabash Physics Department is to provide our graduates with a solid understanding of the fundamental laws governing our universe and the ability to apply these laws to real-world problems.

Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to give our students a solid foundation for understanding Physics' laws and how they were uncovered. The language that best expresses these laws is mathematical, so there are a significant number of mathematics courses which serve as prerequisites for our courses. However, since physics describes the real world, our curriculum also incorporates a significant laboratory component.

Physics is the study of the fundamental laws that govern our universe. Our curriculum is designed to give our students a solid foundation for understanding these laws and how they were uncovered. The language that best expresses these laws is mathematical, so there are a significant number of mathematics courses which serve as prerequisites for our courses. However, since physics describes the real world, our curriculum also incorporates a significant laboratory component to ensure our students will learn how to interrogate Nature and understand the answers it gives. Only by balancing theoretical concepts with experimental reality can one reach a more complete understanding of the world.

Our physics majors and minors will master valuable analysis and problem-solving skills, which can be applied to a wide variety of situations beyond physics. By integrating these skills with their liberal arts experiences, our students are prepared for a vast spectrum of careers. Recent graduates have gone on to work in physics research, engineering, computer programming, teaching, environmental studies, law, business, and other fields.

For Senior Comprehensives

Majors must pass a multi-part exam which requires them to demonstrate a coherent understanding of all the major areas of physics covered in the required courses, including computational and laboratory methods, and the ability to apply this understanding to solve specific problems.

Students must have completed PHY-111 General Physics I, PHY-112 General Physics II - Science Majors, PHY-209 General Physics III, PHY-210 Modern Physics, PHY-381Advanced Laboratory I, and two out of the three 300-level theory courses (PHY-310 Classical Mechanics, PHY-314 Electromagnetic Theory, PHY-315 Quantum Mechanics) prior to taking the exam. Finally, student portfolios will be utilized as part of the assessment of the comprehensive exams.

Our students also engage in research projects through our Advanced Laboratory course.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated August 7, 2018
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Sept. 2019
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USA - Crawfordsville, Indiana
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