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Physics is the foundation of a liberal arts education for innovations in science and engineering.

The Physics Department provides cutting-edge education and research at Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. levels.  Our students master topics in focus areas that include quantum computing, high energy plasmas, low temperature superfluids, photonics, materials science, biomolecular interactions, fluid mechanics, and more.

Undergraduate and graduate students work side-by-side with faculty on research that is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards & Technology, the American Chemical Society, the Air Force, and other national funding organizations.

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The Wesleyan Physics Department is proud to have hosted the American Physical Society's regional Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics in January 2016.  For more information see the conference website.  

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Yang ’21 Participates in NSF-Sponsored Workshop on Antarctic History

Yang ’21 Participates in NSF-Sponsored Workshop on Antarctic History

For two weeks this summer, Donglai Yang ’21 used isotope dating of rocks, minerals, and sediments from the Weddell Sea near Antarctica to determine the age of a section of Earth’s southernmost continent. Yang, an earth and environmental sciences and physics double major, was selected as one of 10 undergraduate and graduate students from around…
Members of the Class of 2019 Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Members of the Class of 2019 Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

On May 25, members of the Class of 2019 were inducted into Wesleyan’s Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest national scholastic honor society. The Wesleyan Gamma Chapter was organized in 1845 and is the ninth-oldest chapter in the country. To be elected, a student must first have been nominated by the department…
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