Physics


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Bachelor of Science
Major
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Overview

The word "Physics" comes from Ancient Greece, where it meant "Knowledge of nature." Nowadays, we are still not far from that definition. Through the Physics program you will study the principles that govern the physical world that surrounds you, matter and its motion through space and time. If you have a passion for solving problems and understanding how things work, then this program is the right fit for you.

Who It's For

Our program is designed to meet the need of students intending to specialize in physics and those who want to pursue graduate work in physics, engineering, material science, or biophysics. It also meets the needs of students preparing for a professional career in science and engineering, and students desiring to broaden their knowledge of the natural world.

Key Benefits

  • Learn physics through observation, prediction, and refinement—the way physics principles were originally discovered.
  • Small classes. You will use experimentation, collaboration, and activity-based learning styles in lab-centered courses with a small student:faculty ratio to enhance your learning experience.
  • Use cutting-edge equipment in the Meldrum Science Center with designated student project space to store experiments between class meetings and throughout the semester.
  • Our curriculum is known for its challenging classes, innovative teaching methods, and strong preparation for the Graduate Records Exam (GRE).

"With the hands-on approach and the extremely well qualified instructors each student is able to excel. One of the best things about the program, and the school overall, is the small class sizes. This has allowed me to get plenty of one-on-one instruction from the professors, and not just a T.A."

About the Program

What You'll Learn

The Physics program at Westminster offers an academic and teaching major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. A Physical Science composite major is offered for students seeking a physical science composite endorsement for secondary education.

The goals of the program include:
  • Functional understanding of physics: mechanics, electricity & magnetism, quantum physics, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, optics and relativity
  • Help the students develop problem-solving, laboratory, technology, and communication skills

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Other Physics Programs

We also offer an academic and teaching minor in Physics.

Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Tuition and Fees (2016–2017)

Full-Time Annual Tuition (12–16 credits)

$32,104 ($16,052 per semester)

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$26,631 (merit scholarship,work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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S-Cubed

Computer Science, Math, and Physics students can apply to the S-Cubed program for financial and academic support. Apply to receive several networking benefits, mentoring support, and a four-year scholarship.

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