schimmel conrades

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is located in Schimmel/Conrades Science Center; a 150,000-squre-foot, state-of-the-art science building. The department boasts a wide variety of resources that offer students the opportunity to develop skills in both computational and experimental physics while also supporting cutting edge research within the department.

The L. Thomas Dillman Electronics Laboratory is dedicated to teaching our students the basics of analog and digital electronics, while also providing ample space for students to work on their own projects that require custom circuits. Students also have access to a dedicated physics shop space, comprised of both metal-working and wood-working equipment, that can be used to build custom apparatuses to support student projects and educational outreach. Additionally of note, the department has a Bambu Lab X1 Carbon 3D printer with Automated Material System and a dark room available for student use. Computational resources include faculty that are well versed in a variety of programming languages, such as Python, Mathematica, and Fortran, as well as a 15-node Beowulf computing cluster available for student research.


Perkins Observatory

Image Credit: Brad Hoehne, Columbus Astronomical Society

Only a few miles off campus, advanced students have the opportunity to conduct astronomical research at Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkin’s Observatory; Featuring a 32-inch reflecting telescope as well as a 14-in Meade LX-200; both outfitted with CCD cameras and research-grade photometric filters. Perkins Observatory also offers a variety of public programming which can be found on the Perkins Observatory webpage.

32-inch Perkins Telescope

All students within the department are encouraged to take advantage of all the facilities and equipment available to them not only to advance their research, but to also build up a wide range of skills that can be used in their future career. See what our graduates have pursued after their OWU experience by visiting our physics and astronomy alumni page or our recent graduates webpage.

Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Delaware, OH

Department Contacts

Chair: Brad Trees
Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 139
740-368-3779 |

Academic Assistant: Joshua Seiders
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 201
740-368-3907 |