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Physics & Astronomy

Physics/Astrophysics & Astronomy

Butler University and the Department of Physics and Astronomy can offer you a hands-on individual experience that will prepare you for graduate research in physics or astronomy, or 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.

Research and Internships

Work with our faculty and leading experts in paid research. Our students have done research at CERN, Harvard University, the University of Tokyo, The University of Science and Technology of China and served internships with Cummins, Raytheon, Commercial Forged Products and more, gaining hands-on experience in such fields as engineering, observational astronomy, nanotechnology, computational physics, and theoretical astrophysics.

Holcomb Observatory

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

Butler Distinctions

Sean Couch

Alumni Success

Our recent alumni have enjoyed 95 percent and higher placement rates in jobs and graduate studies directly related to physics, astronomy, and engineering. They include Professor Sean Couch, an international expert in supervnova explosions, as well as professionals working for Cummins Engines, Northrup Grummond, the Indianapolis Power Company, and other firms.

SARA Experiential

Butler’s partnership with the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) allows our students remote access to telescopes in other parts of the world. SARA’s telescope at Kitt Peak, Arizona, for example, opens to a sky roughly 100 times darker than our Indianapolis sky, so much dimmer celestial objects can be observed. About SARA.

Physics and Engineering

Some Physics Majors earn a second degree in mechanical or electrical engineering through the Engineering Dual Degree Program, a partnership between Butler and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis. Programs in Physics and Astronomy.


Study Abroad

Ceridwyn Snow, an Astronomy/Astrophysics/Philosophy major, traveled to Guiyang, China for summer research. She was the recipient of the 2019 Seitz Award, which assists LAS students in study abroad.