Physics Program

By its fundamental nature, physics is a vital part of every science student's education. The purpose of the major is to provide students with the concepts of classical and contemporary physics, and to develop both theoretical and experimental skills.

Studying physics at Wheaton College is an exciting journey into the intricacies of our created world. If you are interested in developing a deeper and fuller awareness of the structure and principles that govern our world, the physics major at Wheaton College is for you.

Physics Courses, Requirements, and Major Academic Maps (MAPS)

Elective Opportunities

An important feature of our program is the large number of electives, which allow you to further pursue topics of special interest. Some of our most popular electives include Astrophysics, Solid State Physics and Nanotechnology, Plasma Physics, Medical Physics, Computer Data Acquisition, and Particle Physics and Cosmology. These courses are oriented towards the latest cutting-edge research in physics so that you have opportunities to delve for yourself into the recent physics literature on these topics. These courses attract great interest and demand from our student majors.

Meet Our Faculty Physics and Engineering Faculty

BHS Faculty serve all majors in the department. Several of our majors also partner with faculty from other departments. View all the Physics and Engineering Faculty and Staff to see the full listing of faculty who teach and support students in our department.


Robert Bishop, Ph.D. Headshot

Robert Bishop, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics and Philosophy; John and Madeleine McIntyre Chair of Philosophy and History of Science
Darren Craig, Ph.D. Headshot

Darren Craig, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics
Jim Schroeder, Ph.D.  Headshot

Jim Schroeder, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics
Kevin Valson Jacob, Ph.D.  Headshot

Kevin Valson Jacob, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics
Kelly Vazquez, Ph.D. Headshot

Kelly Vazquez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Location and Contact Info

Visit us in the beautiful

Meyer Science Center

Third Floor

430 Howard St,
Wheaton, IL 60187


Next Steps for Prospective Students

Interested in studying with the Physics and Engineering Department at Wheaton? Request more information or start your application today.