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Chemistry and Physics


Welcome to the Department of Chemistry and Physics. Our academic programs in Chemistry, Physics, Forensic Science, or Environmental Science enable undergraduate and graduate students to work with expert faculty and staff in a collaborative learning environment and offers the opportunity to participate in faculty-directed research using state-of-the-art instruments and facilities. Students completing our degree programs are successful in gaining admission to graduate school as well as securing post-graduation employment with government agencies and private industries. Our curriculum, small class size and hands-on approach to learning is both stimulating and challenging.

As a member of the department, you’ll gain a firm foundation through coursework as well as the scientific training and research experience necessary for employment or graduate education. Browse our majors and minors below to find out which one fits your skills and interests.

Chemistry: Chemistry is often called the 'central science' that connects physics, biology, engineering, and medicine.  A chemistry degree will help you gain a better understanding of our world at the molecular level and how we can develop new materials that improve and advance our society.  Within the chemistry program you can choose a standard, comprehensive degree or one with a concentration that matches your goals and interests.  You may also choose to get both your B.S. and M.S. degree through our unique Accelerated B.S./M.S. (ABM) Track!

Physics: The physics minor can strengthen your knowledge of fundamental science, provide the foundation for a broad range of technical fields, and allow you to adapt quickly to emerging technologies within your field. Apply your physics minor knowledge to answer engineering questions as you study the science behind motion and magnetism, electricity and optics.

Forensic Science: The forensic science program will teach you to apply scientific methodology to determine facts of legal significance.

Secondary Science Education:  If your career goal is to teach at the high school level, you can pursue an education degree with a concentration in either Chemistry or Physics.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Chemistry:  Work one-on-one with a faculty member on an original research project while delving deeper into the fundamentals of chemistry in graduate-level coursework.   The M.S. in chemistry can serve to open new industrial opportunities or prepare you for professional or further graduate studies.

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Clubs and Organizations

There are also opportunities to be involved outside of the classroom through clubs and organizations like the Society of Physics Students, the SAACS Chemistry Club, the Forensic Science Club, and the WCU Environmental Health Club. You’ll find our department to be a dynamic environment in which to learn and experiment as you develop into a professional.

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