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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 News

Students Nominated For The 2023 Goldwater Scholarship

Thresa Kelly, a junior in engineering physics – digital electronic systems with a minor in astronomy and Kate Wienke, a junior in physics nominated for Goldwater Scholarship.

Cristian Xavier Baldenegro Barrera - 2023 Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics Recipient

Cristian Xavier Baldenegro Barrera Laboratoire Leprince-Ringuet, École Polytechnique receives 2023 Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics.

Undergraduate Research Awards - Spring 2023

Morgan Cassidy, Richard Moser, Wesley Sportsman receive awards.


Findings from an international team of astrophysicists using NASA’s recently deployed James Webb Space Telescope give new detail to exoplanet WASP-39b, a “hot Saturn” orbiting a star roughly 700 light years from Earth.