Physics and Astronomy
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WKU has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to replace the telescope and control system at the Bell Observatory. The new instrument will be the largest optical telescope in...
Jordyn Hurley, a senior from Lexington, is earning a double major in physics and chemistry with a concentration in pre-medicine at WKU. As a cancer survivor, she said she knew from a young age that...
WKU Physics and Astronomy graduate Gavi Begtrup (2002) is running for mayor of Cincinnati....
Sixty students from five local schools participated in the 2018 Western Kentucky Physics Olympics on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
We are located on "top of the hill" on WKU's campus with facilities in the Kelly Thompson Complex for Science, Center Wing (TCCW) and the new Ogden College Hall (OCH). For the 2018 calendar year, our departmental office is located in the Environmental Science & Technology building (EST 260) while TCCW is under renovation.
We offer courses for our undergraduate students progressing toward a B.S. in Physics, for our graduate students in Homeland Security Science, and for students of all majors who need general education or technical support in physics and astronomy.
The WKU Department of Physics and Astronomy strives to foster a diverse international community of faculty, staff and students through engaged learning and significant research, stimulating intellectual curiosity and critical thinking.
We aim to:
- Suitably prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers and health professionals
- Increase understanding of the physical universe in the local community and beyond.
- Conduct research that both enables these aims and has positive impact in the local and regional community and beyond.