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Understanding the Universe Starts Here

The KU Department of Physics & Astronomy is a bridge to understanding the world, educating future physicists and astronomers, unearthing new scientific discoveries, and challenging the perception of the Universe. Through the commitment that faculty, students, and staff have to transformational education and interdisciplinary research, "Understanding the Universe Starts Here," at the KU Department of Physics & Astronomy.

Undergraduate research in Engineering Physics

Undergraduate Program

Discover information about earning a degree in physics, astronomy, and more!

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Graduate Program

Information about the Graduate Program - including degrees options, resources, and more!

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Department Testimonials

A video from department faculty, students, and staff. See why they chose KU Physics & Astronomy!

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KU Physics & Astronomy Research

Our Research

KU Physics & Astronomy News

KU To Lead New Program Supporting Inter-American Research on Nuclear Science

LAWRENCE — Quarks and gluons are fundamental building blocks of all visible matter in the universe. They’re described by the theory of strong nuclear interactions: quantum chromodynamics, or QCD.

J. Michael Young Award

Prof. Ian Lewis receives the J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Anika Goel and Casey Carlile

Fall 2021 UGRAs

KU Physics & Astronomy undergraduates Casey Carlile and Anika Goel receive Fall 2021 UGRA positions.
Radiation research in lab

How the University of Kansas Is Paving the Way in Revealing Radiation

New technologies developed at the University of Kansas are revealing radiation with unprecedented precision and giving a better understanding of the secrets of matter from the scale of the Universe to quarks.