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