About the Department

Why Study Physics-Engineering at a Liberal Arts School?

W&L's degrees in engineering differ from those offered by large engineering schools in the general education requirements common to all majors at Washington and Lee. These requirements represent an added dimension to our degrees--a dimension that is unique and valuable.

Typical Schedules of Study

Learn more about what you'll study at each phase of your college career as a Physics, Physics-Engineering or Chemistry-Engineering major.


Offices, laboratories, and classrooms for physics and engineering are located in Howe Hall, in the Science Center complex. In addition to general laboratories for introductory courses, there are teaching laboratories dedicated to electronics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and optics (see descriptions below). The Department has many spaces dedicated to faculty research, a seminar room, and office space for senior majors and students participating in department research.