Physical Sciences

Astronomy ▪ Biochemistry ▪ Chemistry ▪ Environmental Science ▪ Geology ▪ Marine Science ▪ Physics

The Physical Sciences Department is a combination of programs dedicated to describing and explaining the natural phenomena of the earth, atmosphere, and space.


Specialize in astronomy, astrophysics, or planetary science. Gain hands-on experience with our research-grade telescope and digital planetarium.

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Dr. Reed and students with telescope.

Biochemistry is the study of life processes at the molecular level, and prepares you for careers in research, agriculture, food production and technology, biotechnology, medical school, teaching, and the pharmaceutical industry.

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American Chemical Society-approved. Study the properties, structures, and changes of matter. Chemistry's practical applications include medicine, plastics, the planet's atmosphere, and alternative forms of energy production.

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Environmental Science

The Environmental Science Program prepares students to assist society in understanding and addressing complex environmental challenges.

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Students in the field.

A geology degree will give you an excellent foundation to work on environmental projects, help communities survive earthquakes and floods, or find sustainable ways for future generations to benefit from natural resources.

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marine science

Marine scientists apply biology, geology, chemistry, and physics to see how the living creatures are affected by the chemistry of their environment and the physics of ocean circulation.

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In KU’s on-campus observatory, planetarium and physics laboratories you’ll apply theoretical knowledge from your classes to create your own projects, using sophisticated technology to study motion, astronomy and engineering.

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