In Astrophysics, 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 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 two degree options in Astrophysics.

  •  The Bachelor of Arts degree provides you with exposure to the depth and breadth of astrophysics.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree also includes a stronger emphasis on preparing you for more advanced study in the field or direct entry into professional‐level employment.


Graduate Outcomes

Derek Shank '18

A double-major in Astrophysics and Mathematics at OWU, Derek is enrolled in the Ph.D. Physics program at the University of Notre Dame.

Derek Shank's Research


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