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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University is dedicated to the study of the physical world and the processes that govern it. Our faculty train students in a wide-range of fundamental areas of classical and modern physics through a structured program of courses, individual and group research activities, department activities and advanced electives.

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About Our Degree Programs

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers two undergraduate degree programs, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Physics. These programs are structured to meet the needs of all students who are interested in a career in the broad area of the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines, on the one hand, but can be excellent preparation for non-STEM careers on the other. Both of our undergraduate degrees provide excellent preparation for students who are preparing to attend academic and professional graduate programs. Additionally, with appropriate electives, students with a degree in physics have a significantly wider range of career options, including in law, journalism, teaching, health care, administration, and business.

We also offer Masters of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Both degree programs provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals as well as a diverse range of specializations for research. In addition to working with Physics faculty in these research areas, graduate students have worked with faculty in a variety of other departments at WVU.  Applicants are encouraged to visit the Department of Physics and Astronomy to talk with the faculty and view the facilities. 

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