College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Programs in Physics

Are you interested in a career in Physics, Astronomy, or Engineering? Butler University and the Department of Physics and Astronomy can offer you a hands-on individual experience that will serve you well once you leave the university, whether you're preparing for graduate research in physics or astronomy, to be an applied physicist or engineer in industry, a high school physics teacher, a physician, a patent lawyer, or medical physicist. Our students have gone on to graduate study at places such as the University of California, MIT, Stanford, Cal Tech, Washington University, and Johns Hopkins to name a few. Here are several reasons to why you should consider studying physics and astronomy at Butler University:

  • Excellent faculty dedicated to teaching and research
  • Excellent teaching and research facilities including the largest (fully robotic) telescope in Indiana at Holcomb Observatory and the Laboratory for Quantum Physics.
  • Research experience in fields including observational astronomy and theoretical astrophysics, engineering, condensed matter, elementary particle and nuclear physics, nanotechnology, computational physics, gravitation and relativity, and geophysics.
  • Small class sizes, a 5 to 1 student faculty ratio
  • Employment within the department
  • Hands-on (paid) research experiences
  • 100% placement rate for summer research positions and internships
  • 100% placement rate into graduate school and industry