Explore a Wesleyan Course: Experimental Physics Laboratory

As a physicist, you will study the patterns and connections among the fundamental forces of nature and develop simple and contemporary explanations for complex natural phenomena.

Physics is the basis for developing and exploring technology and engineering in areas as diverse as electronics,medicine, telecommunications, computers, and nuclear energy.

The physics program at Illinois Wesleyan offers solid preparation for anyone interested in becoming a scientist, a professor, an engineer, or an applied physicist.

Prof. Gabe Spalding

Prof. Gabe Spalding recipient of the 2014  Reichert Award for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction  (More News About Our Faculty Here.)

Sam Birsa summer 2013 Margaret McCarter'15 was named a 2014-15 Goldwater Scholar. She is one of only 283 selected nationally out of 1,166 nominees, and one of only nine students from the state of Illinois.(More About Our Current Students Here.)


Above all, you will learn how to learn, in the manner of a careful, thoughtful, well-educated citizen.

You will benefit from our University-wide emphasis on the liberal arts, which we see as an uncompromising search for truth and beauty.

From the first year onward, great emphasis is placed on extensive experimental work.In fact, the physics curriculum at Illinois Wesleyan is as much a hands-on, experiment-based investigation as it is a theoretical discipline. 

Physics Department
Prof. Linda French, Chair
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
Phone: (309) 556-3580