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 the 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.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers two undergraduate degree programs, the (B.S.) and the (B.A.) in physics. These two 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 (STEM) 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. In addition, with appropriate electives, students with a degree in physics can provide a significantly wider range of career options, including in law, journalism, teaching, health care, administration, and business.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy also offers introductory survey courses in physics and astronomy which are of interest to a broad range of students in the social sciences, fine arts, humanities, health sciences, and education. These courses use a minimum of mathematics to introduce the principles of physics and they provide many examples from the “real world” of the environment, energy, space, communications, transportation, and medicine.