Physics and Astronomy

A hands-on, individual experience.

Butler University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy encourages hypothetical thinking, intensive study, and experiential learning through use of state-of-the-art equipment such as a laser and quantum physics laboratory. 

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Why Physics and Astronomy?

Butler University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy offers students a hands-on, individual experience, which prepares them for graduate research in Physics or Astronomy, or to be an applied physicist or engineer, a high school Physics teacher, a physician, a patent lawyer, or medical physicist. 

Research and internships are also an important part of the program. Our students have researched at CERN, Harvard University, and the University of Tokyo, and completed internships with Cummins, Raytheon, Commercial Forged Products, and more. Through these opportunities, students gain experience in fields such as engineering, obvervational astronomy, nanotechnology, computational physics, and theoretical astrophysics.

Upon graduating, students have gone on to study at places such as the University of California, MIT, Stanford, Cal Tech, Washington University, and Johns Hopkins, just to name a few.

100% placement rate for summer research positions and internships
Benefit from small class sizes, with a 5:1 student-to-faculty ratio
100% placement rate into graduate schools and careers
Holcomb Observatory

Experiential Learning

Students have class and research access to the largest public telescope in Indiana in our Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium. And, Butler’s partnership with the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) provides remote access to telescopes on three continents.