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Welcome to the Department of Physics at

Central Washington University

Photos of the physics department including student research, presentations, awards, and social events..

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Why major in physics at CWU?

  • Small classes taught by award-winning faculty

  • Students participate in a faculty-mentored research experience

  • Multiple degree options, including the dual-degree physics/engineering program

  • Nationally recognized physics club that is active in community outreach

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Two new faculty positions available

We are looking for dynamic faculty who enjoy teaching and doing research with undergraduate students to join our growing department starting fall 2015.  Interested persons with expertise in the field of experimental solid state physics, experimental biophysics, optics, or observational astronomy are invited to apply online.

Welcome to the newest CWU Physics faculty

Dr. Darci Snowden  (Planetary physics, Ph.D. 2010 University of Washington)

Dr. Erin Craig  (Biophysics, Ph.D. 2008 University of Oregon)


To learn more about our program, the faculty, and our students, please browse the website. If you have questions about the program, or would like to schedule a visit to the department, please contact the department chair, Dr. Andrew Piacsek. We look forward to answering any questions you have about our degree programs or the opportunities our degrees have to offer.