Physics is the study of the universe and its elements, from investigations in nanoscale science to the evolution of galaxies. Physics involves discovering the fundamental rules that describe matter and energy and thus is the basic science that underlies all of the natural sciences.
The CWU physics curriculum prepares students for professional employment in technical fields as well as for entry into graduate and professional schools. Depending on the career path a student would like to pursue, the Department offers a B.S. in Physics, a B.A. in Physics (which doubles as a teaching degree), an Astronomy minor (which doubles as an emphasis for Physics majors) and engineering opportunities through the dual-degree Physics/Engineering program. These programs are designed to give students flexibility in their career choices as well as making them more marketable, whether as applicants for jobs in the high-tech industry or in their pursuit of an advanced degree.
All CWU physics students work alongside faculty members on research projects. Research areas include acoustics, astronomy and planetary physics, biophysics, computational physics, laser physics, solid state physics, and physics education. Students also participate in outreach programs to the local community through our local chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS). These programs range from planetarium shows to physics and laser light programs. The CWU SPS chapter was recognized as an "Outstanding SPS Chapter" by the National Office for the 2014-2015 academic year. This award has been received by the CWU chapter for seventeen of the past twenty years!
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