Physics and Astronomy Department

As physicists, we use our creativity and a diverse array of problem-solving skills to probe the nature of the universe.

Wheaton physics students enjoy the advantages of small classes, close contact with faculty, and camaraderie with fellow students. We offer an outstanding and individualized hands-on curriculum that challenges students to become involved in every stage of the problem-solving process. The mark of a Wheaton physics education at all levels is to complement rigorous coursework with experiences that call students to experiment and confront uncertainty.

By the time they graduate, all of our students have worked on original scientific research. Research in our department is concentrated in the areas of optics, lasers, astronomy, climate physics, and planetary science. Students have co-authored papers published in top journals, and presented their research at national scientific meetings.

Contact the Chair

John Michael Collins

Professor of Physics
Chair of Physics and Astronomy


Diana Davis Spencer Discovery Center, Room 1334