The Washburn Physics & Astronomy Department offers degrees in Physics (with a B.S. or B.A. option), as well as the only Computational Physics degree in Kansas. We also offer an associate's degree (A.S.) in Engineering-Physics, along with the very popular Engineering Transfer and Engineering Dual-Degree programs. Students not majoring in physics can earn a minor in physics, or take a variety of general education courses in physics, astronomy, and geology.
A degree in physics from Washburn University equips you to think clearly about the world around you, analyze problems, recognize connections, draw conclusions based on evidence, and apply your knowledge to a wide range of fields. Our small classes mean you get personal attention not available at larger universities. Students also participate in research projects in one-on-one collaboration with our professors. Our department specializes in computational physics research, with a wide range of applications, from the dynamics of neutron stars to how life on Earth is affected by radiation from space.
More than a list of facts, a physics degree gives you tools you can use to learn anything. In a rapidly changing workplace, a physics degree gives you flexibility to succeed in any number of jobs, from engineering to technical writing to the practice of law.
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"I had an outstanding experience as a physics major at Washburn. The Physics and Astronomy Department offered the wide variety of courses that are found at larger institutions, while giving the personalized attention of a small college. The faculty were always available to lend a hand and offer additional instruction when needed. Having the opportunity to study with the Washburn Physics and Astronomy Department is the highlight of my academic career." - Jake Peterson, 2009, B.A. Physics