Department of Physics & Engineering

West Chester University

Chair: Anthony J. Nicastro
127 Merion Science Center
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610.436.2497
Fax: 610.436.3013


Matt Penecale Named To CoSIDA Academic All-District Men’s Basketball Team

Physics major and basketball athlete Matt Penecale has been selected as member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District Men's Basketball Team. He is one of just 152 student athletes from across all major divisions to be honored for their academic and athletic achievement. Read more here!

Dr. Mitchell featured in WCU's 2017 Spotlight on Faculty Research

Dr. Brandon Mitchell's research achievements will be honored in WCU's second annual Spotlight on Faculty Research. This event honors WCU faculty for accomplishments "contributing nationally... to advancing scholarship and research in their fields of study." Congratulations to Dr. Mitchell!

We offer a comprehensive education in Physics and exciting research opportunities that prepare students for academic and professional careers. Our small upper-level classes (around 10 students) allow for close faculty-student interactions and mentoring. Many students take part in cutting-edge research with faculty members. We continue to stay in touch and act as a resource to graduates long after they obtain their degree. Please stop by the Department and discover for yourself all we have to offer.

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Our B.S. Ed program is in "5+ Club"

West Chester University has been added to "The 5+ Club", a prestigious roster of institutions that have produced five or more physics teachers in a single year. The list is managed by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC).

The 5+ Club winners, a total of 12 institutions that also includes Rowan University (5), University of Arkansas (5) and Boston University (6), were recognized at the opening plenary of the PhysTEC Conference in Baltimore in March. Brigham Young University topped the list, graduating 17 physics teachers in one year.

PhysTEC is an education program of the American Physical Society (APS) in partnership with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), with support from the National Science Foundation.

More information on "5+ Club" can be found at PhysTEC.

Physics Tea Every Thursday


Join us each Thursday at 3:00 pm in the Physics Library (Merion 125) for The Physics Tea. This is a social time we have set aside for physics students and faculty to chat about physics, classes, grad school, and anything else that happens to come up in conversation. It's a great time to relax and see your professors and classmates in an informal atmosphere outside the classroom. Visitors are welcome, especially alumni and prospective students!

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Career Opportunities

With a Physics degree, you can pursue a career in research, engineering, teaching, government, medicine, finance, economics, law & litigation, consulting, writing & publishing, and more!


West Chester University has been named a best buy by Kiplinger Magazine for our excellent education at an affordable price.

In addition, the Physics Department offers the following scholarships, for current students:

Robert M. Brown Endowed Scholarship
Dr. Michael F. Martens Award
Diane and Roger Casagrande Scholarship
Benjamin Faber Award
The Science and Theology Award

Additional information is available in the Student Handbook for Physics Majors.