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The CWU Physics Department is a vibrant, innovative, and highly motivated group of faculty and staff with the common goal of providing exceptional educational opportunities in physics and astronomy to all of our students. We currently have eight full-time faculty, all with active research programs, and have recently moved into a new state-of-the-art building with fully equipped teaching and research space. Whether you are interested in a career in research, education, engineering, biotechnology, science writing, or a host of other STEM careers, there has never been a better time to be a physics major at CWU. Join us! If you are a current CWU student, you can declare a physics major by following these simple steps: Declaring a Physics Major.

Advantages of majoring in physics at CWU:

  • Small classes taught by award-winning faculty
  • Research opportunities for undergraduates
  • Multiple degree options, including a dual-degree physics/engineering program
  • Nationally recognized clubs that are active in community outreach

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The Physics Department is located in the recently constructed Discovery Hall on CWU's campus. Come check it out just west of the SURC.

Building highlights include a digital planetarium, an observatory equipped with a 24 inch telescope, and lab spaces dedicated to:
Low Temperature Physics
Computational Physics

If you have questions about the department, or would like to schedule a visit, please contact the department chair, Dr. Erin M. Craig


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