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Department of Mathematics and Physics
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Mathematics
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - Physics
A background in mathematics and physics is required in nearly all science and engineering fields. The Department of Mathematics and Physics at Kansas Wesleyan University is able to provide the solid understanding of mathematics and physics necessary for teaching either of these subjects at the high school level, pursuing further education at the graduate level, or applying mathematics and physics principles in a career-launching job.
CONCENTRATIONS AVAILABLE IN THE PHYSICS MAJOR
Engineering Dual Degree Program
- Science and Technology
Why study Mathematics and Physics at KWU?
- Mathematics gives you powerful tools for communication, comprehension and change
- Physics teaches the fundamental laws of the natural world, develops your passion for knowledge and innovation, and helps you to discover how to apply what you are learning
- Computational Physics involves the application of modern computers in science
- Environmental Physics uses the principles and techniques of physics to study and make a positive impact on the earth's environment
- The interdisciplinary field of Materials Physics is a synthesis of the physical sciences of chemistry, solid mechanics, solid state physics, and materials science
- The 3+2 Engineering Dual Degree Program allows students to earn a liberal arts degree from Kansas Wesleyan University and an engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis
REU and Graduate School Opportunities
Graduate school, including doctoral programs, are achievable goals for KWU scholars. Jessica Hauschild '15, of Andover, KS, who earned Summa Cum Laude honors for her B.A. in Mathematics, was accepted to Ph.D. degree programs in Statistics at two large universities. She is pursuing her doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Hauschild attended a summer 2014 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), at California State University Fresno (Fresno State). Her work culminated in a mathematics research paper that she presented at the March 2015 national convention of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, for which she won the Joseph E. and Bessie Mae Pryor Prize in Mathematics award for best mathematics paper.
Darren Woodson '16, a Mathematics and Physics dual major, completed his summer 2015 REU at Texas A&M University's Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy. His project was to analyze data from the Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT), a space telescope that uses high energy gamma rays to "see," and determine a limit to how far away it can perceive celestial bodies.
What can I do with a degree in Mathematics?
Mathematics graduates end up in a variety of careers, becoming project managers, customer account managers, actuaries and math teachers. Others go on to graduate programs as diverse as chemical engineering, business administration, computer science and mathematics. Mathematics is about logical analysis, deduction and calculation within patterns and structures. With a Mathematics degree, you should be able to turn your hand to finance, statistics, engineering, computers, teaching or accountancy with a success not possible to other graduates.
What can I do with a degree in Physics?
Physics graduates have skills that are in high demand in diverse sectors. These include skills relating to numeracy, problem-solving, data analysis and the communication of complex ideas, as well as a wider understanding of how the world works, on a scientific and human level. This highly transferable and valued skillset also means physics graduates earn more!
For more information, contact Dr. Jacob Ogle, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Physics, or call (785) 833-4465.
Curious about pursuing a major in math or physics but unsure where it might lead? Physics students learn how the natural world works, and the math and problem-solving skills they pick up are great for the job market. Physics majors teach, work on Wall Street, and serve in the military. They also perform well on the admission tests for law and medical schools.
Studying mathematics is akin to learning a language, actively engaging the mind and exploring by doing math. Our world runs on the basis of numbers as words, and those who are proficient in speaking the language of numbers can find great opportunities for entry-level positions and successful careers beyond. Math majors become fluent in the language of numbers and distilling complex, real-world problems into mathematical equations, concepts, and principles that can be solved.