In Astrophysics, you will apply the laws of physics to study the universe at the largest scales. You will 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 Major
The astrophysics major will prepare you for graduate study in astrophysics or in physics, or for careers in high-tech industries, teaching, and more. The major provides the strong background in physics and mathematics required for a deep understanding of astrophysical phenomena.
Ohio Wesleyan now offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in astrophysics. Both degrees provide students with exposure to the depth and breadth of astrophysics. The Bachelor of Science degree includes a stronger emphasis on preparing students for more advanced study in the field or direct entry into professional‐level employment.
All Physics and Astrophysics 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. There are also opportunities to participate in the OWU Summer Science Research Program.
Rachael Roettenbacher ’08 was one of three students nationwide to receive the 2008 Outstanding Student Award for Undergraduate Research from the Society of Physics Students, and presented her astrophysics research at the International Conference of Physics Students in Krakow, Poland.
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 make connections and perform outreach.
Ohio Wesleyan Professor’s Program Contributes to New Astronomy Research