In Astrophysics and Astronomy, you apply the laws of physics to study the universe at the largest scales. You study the lifecycles of stars and the formation and evolution of galaxies, including the supermassive black holes that lurk at their centers; explore the formation and evolution of the universe; and learn about the search for planets around other stars.
About the Majors
The Astrophysics and Astronomy majors will prepare you for graduate study in astrophysics or in physics, astronomy, or for careers in high-tech industries, teaching, and more. The majors provide the strong background in physics and mathematics required for a deep understanding of astrophysical or astronomical phenomena.
Ohio Wesleyan offers two degree options:
- The Bachelor of Arts (Astronomy) degree provides you with exposure to the depth and breadth of astrophysics while maintaining the academic rigor required for successful entry into a broad variety of graduate programs and career options.
- The Bachelor of Science (Astrophysics) degree includes a stronger emphasis on preparing students for more advanced study in astrophysics or direct entry into professional‐level employment where an astrophysics (or physics) background is preferred.
All Astrophysics and Physics majors complete a year-long research project during their senior year. This gives them an opportunity to put what they've learned in their classes into practice and helps to prepare them for jobs or graduate school.
Many Astrophysics majors participate in OWU's Summer Science Research Program, and many present their research at undergraduate research forums on campus and across the country.
The OWU Connection provides a variety of ways for you to expand your learning off campus and overseas.
From your first year on campus, you can take Travel-Learning Courses. You can also pursue OWU Connection Grants to conduct research off campus or spend a semester at another university in the U.S. or abroad.
European Space Agency
Build your experience and connections to the professional world with internships and research opportunities at major laboratory facilities.
OWU students complete internships and REU's (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at a variety of universities and research centers.
Combining Science and Politics
OWU faculty are outstanding scholars and researchers — and passionate teachers. They will push you, challenge you, inspire you, and work with you on your own research and creative projects.
They can even pack a 3-minute lecture with ideas, insight, and imagination. Check out our unique I³ lectures.
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
The 10-week Summer Science Research Program gives students the opportunity to carry out cutting-edge research side by side with faculty mentors.
Astronomy & Physics Clubs
Activities of the Astronomy Club include viewing the cosmos though telescopes at the Student Observatory and Perkins Observatory, and field trips. In the Society of Physics Students, a professional club for students who love physics, students build community, make connections in their field of study, and perform outreach.