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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Physics and Engineering

Program Offerings

Academic Division: College

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science

Academic Programs: Course Offerings:

Example Career Outcomes

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduate Study (Physics and Engineering)
  • Medicine
  • Patent Law
  • Scientific Jobs in Government and Private Industry
  • Teaching

The department offers a wide variety of courses in physics and engineering, preparing students for work as practicing scientists or engineers, and for graduate studies in a wide range of disciplines in research science, applied science, and interdisciplinary fields. We also serve non-major students with foundation courses allowing them to understand and appreciate the utility, rationality and beauty of the physical sciences.

Program Highlights

  • Our faculty consists of excellent teachers and researchers, products of the finest graduate programs in the country, representing a wide range of research specialties in experimental and theoretical physics and engineering.
  • The department offers separate degrees in Physics, Physics-Engineering, and Chemistry-Engineering.
  • Teaching and research space for the Department includes: general laboratories for introductory courses,; teaching laboratories dedicated to electronics, digital data acquisition, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and optics; and laboratories dedicated to faculty and student research in areas such as materials science, fluid mechanics, bioengineering, laser optics and surface physics.
  • Office space is provided for senior majors and students participating in department research.
  • Computing resources include: specialized software and wireless network access in teaching spaces, dedicated workstations specifically for teaching and research in computational physics, digital data acquisition, and computer-aided design.
  • For observational astronomy, the department utilizes two Celestron eight-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes, a 3.5-inch Questar telescope, a CCD camera and Johnson filters for photometric data acquisition and advanced image processing software.
  • The department makes available and encourages research opportunities for its majors during the academic year as well as during the summers.
  • Many majors graduate with collaborative research published in the peer-reviewed literature, and often continue study at major research universities.