Physics is the fundamental Admission In addition, three scholarships—
science: the study of matter and When you choose to study the Schenk, the Knight, and the
energy and of their interactions. physics, you will be admitted to Unruh—are awarded yearly to
Physics is the basis for all science the Fairmount College of Liberal the three most outstanding
and for all applied science and Arts and Sciences. The physics upper-division physics majors.
engineering. Physicists study department undergraduate
everything from elementary adviser will help you develop Related Programs
particles to galaxies, from your program of study, and all of The physics department offers
semiconductors to chaos. our faculty will be available to the Bachelor of Arts and the
Because physics is the basic advise you and help you at any Bachelor of Science degrees in
underpinning for all science and point in your studies. physics. If you’re interested in
technology, physics majors have If you are still deciding on a teaching physics, you may earn a
many career alternatives. Many major when you begin taking Bachelor of Arts in Education.
continue their education at classes at WSU, the Liberal Arts In addition to these
graduate and professional and Sciences Advising Center programs, we also offer students
schools—in physics or in can help you explore career and the opportunity to select a special
chemistry, biology, geology, major options. option within the physics major.
engineering, medicine, law, or With the chemical physics
business. Those who enter the Related Opportunities option, a student interested in
job market directly find their As a physics major, you may molecular physics or biophysics
knowledge and technical skills, participate in the Student Physics can substitute upper-division
particularly in problem solving, Society, an informal social courses in chemistry for physics
modeling, computers and organization. If eligible, you may electives. With the engineering
electronics to be strong selling be selected for the physics honor physics option, a student
points. society, Sigma Pi Sigma, and for interested in applications of
The physics department at University academic honor physics can substitute upper-
Wichita State University affords societies such as Omicron Delta division engineering courses.
close personal interaction among Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Other options, in mathematics,
undergraduate students, graduate Mortar Board. geology, computer science,
students and professors. Many Each semester, every physics biology, or business, are also
students take advantage of the major maintaining a B average possible on an individual basis.
opportunities for individual earns an Academic Achievement
studies and research. Award.
GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
REQUIREMENTS Major Requirements*
The General Education Program is an integral component Requirements for the BA or BS in physics:
of every degree at Wichita State University. These courses make General College Physics I and II or
up about one third of any degree. The goals of the General University Physics I and II and
Education program are: University Physics Lab I and II 10
To study and apply mathematical principles; Topics in Modern Physics 3
To study and apply principles of written and oral Quantum Mechanics 3
communication; Elementary Mechanics 3
To study and apply basic library research skills Electricity and Magnetism 3
including basic assessment of various kinds of Thermophysics 3
sources; Chemistry 5
To study the natural sciences, social and Differential Equations I 3
behavioral sciences, humanities and fine arts in Integration Techniques and
order to understand how scholars in those fields Applications or Advanced
work; Calculus I or Partial Differential
To study human diversity and its implications for Equations for Engineers or
society on a global basis. Linear Algebra 3
Successful completion of the General Education Program
Additional requirements for the BA degree:
and LAS College requirements provides knowledge and skills
Advanced Physics Laboratory or
leading to life-long learning in an ever-changing global world.
Electronics Laboratory or
Descriptions of the General Education Program and of the
Computational Physics Laboratory 2
courses that are included in it are available both in the University
Upper-division physics electives 6
Catalog and in the Schedule of Courses. These documents are
available both in hard copy form and online at the WSU Web Additional requirements for the BS degree:
site: www.wichita.edu. Click on “Browse A-Z” and use C for the Advanced Physics Laboratory and/or
Catalog and S for the Schedule of Courses menu option, and then Electronics Laboratory and/or 6
select “General Education.” Computational Physics Laboratory
When you enter the university, you will work with an Upper-division physics electives 8
academic advisor to select general education courses for your Chemistry 5
major and your degree choice.
Additional requirements for the chemical
physics option (with the BA or BS degree in physics):
For More Information Upper-division chemistry courses
To receive more information or to arrange a campus visit, (as physics electives) 9
Office of Admissions Additional requirements for the engineering
Wichita State University physics option (with the BA or BS degree in physics):
1845 Fairmount St. Upper-division engineering courses
Wichita, Kansas 67260-0124 (as physics electives) 9
Telephone (316) 978-3085
Toll-free (800) 362-2594 There are additional requirements to earn certification to teach
www.wichita.edu/admissions physics. Consult the College of Education or request the
“Secondary Education: Sciences” information sheet.
*Some of the courses listed in Major Requirements will count
toward the General Education Requirements.
The University reserves the right to revise or change rules, charges, fees, schedules, courses, requirements for degrees, and any other regulations affecting students whenever
considered necessary or desirable.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Wichita State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, Wichita State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion,
color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a Vietnam-era veteran, or disability. Any person having inquiries concerning this may contact the
Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount St., Wichita, Kansas 67260-0145; telephone (316) 978-3001.