Physics (PHYS)


The word physics comes from the Greek word for nature, and we think of it today as the study of matter and energy. Physicists are concerned with understanding the way nature operates: the basic constituents of the universe and how they interact. The pursuit of that understanding leads to many practical applications. Physics is a rewarding area to study because it provides the basis for much of today’s technology, and it helps us satisfy our intellectual curiosity. The fundamental character of physics makes it a discipline that is central to the liberal arts.

The Physics curriculum at Western provides opportunities for students to take course work that supports other scientific and technical disciplines, to complete an academic minor, or to prepare for physics or engineering programs at other institutions.


Assistant Professors John D. Mason, and M. Suzanne Taylor; Lecturer Steve Griggs.


Physics Minor
The Physics Minor consists of a minimum of 21 credits, including nine credits chosen from Physics courses numbered 320 or above and the following:

PHYS 170  Principals of Physics I (with laboratory)

4 cr

PHYS 171  Principals of Physics II (with laboratory)

4 cr



PHYS 200  General Physics I (with laboratory)

4 cr

PHYS 201  General Physics II (with laboratory)

4 cr

Required supporting courses:

MATH 252  Calculus III

4 cr