Physics & Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy

Welcome to the Physics & Astronomy Department at Washburn University!

The Physics & Astronomy Department has much to offer Washburn students. Students interested in majoring in physics may earn a degree in either physics (BS, BA) or computational physics (BS). Students not majoring in physics can earn a minor in physics, take introductory courses which support their studies in other fields, or take general education courses in astronomy, geology, or physics. Students interested in engineering may participate in the Engineering Transfer Program or Dual-Degree Program, both of which allow students to complete their introductory coursework at Washburn and subsequently earn a degree in engineering at another university. 

Students majoring in physics have the opportunity to engage in research under the supervision of department faculty. The department's research focus is in computational physics, but we work on a wide range of topics, including molecular dynamics, numerical relativity, and astrobiophysics.

The Physics & Astronomy Department houses and operates the Crane Observatory and a planetarium, which are open to the public during scheduled open houses, and to school and other groups by appointment. The department also houses a state-of-the-art high performance computing cluster known as the High-Performance Academic Computing Environment (HiPACE), which is operated jointly by departments in the Natural Science Division.

The department is located in Room 210, Stoffer Science Hall. If you would like more information, please stop by, or contact us at

Physics & Astronomy Department
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

(785)670-2141