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.


Graduate Outcomes

Alex Howe '11

Alex is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, studying exoplanet atmospheres.


Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3778
F 740-368-3999

Department Contact

Chair: Robert Harmon
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 131

Secretary: Kathy Boger