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Department of Physical Sciences


Chemistry, earth science, physics, engineering, and physical science education

Endless career options

CHEMISTRY – Biochemist, Laboratory Scientist, Pharmacist, Medical Doctor, Dentist, Chemical Engineer, Environmental Chemist, Chiropractor, Chemistry Education, or Graduate Studies in Chemistry

EARTH SCIENCE – Professional Geologist, Environmental Scientist, Hydrologist, Paleontologist, Museum Curator, Civil Engineer, Geographic Information Systems Analyst, Earth Science Educator, or Graduate Studies in Atmospheric Science (Meteorology, Climatology, etc.), Geology, Physical Geography, or Environmental Science.

PHYSICS – Physicist, Astronomer, Mechanical Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer, Architect, Medical Physicist, Physics Education or Graduate Study in Physics or Astronomy.

PHYSICAL SCIENCE EDUCATION – Licensure areas – Chemistry, Earth/Space Science, Physics, or Sciences Grades 5-8.

Earth Science Materials

The Department of Physical Sciences manages ESU's Johnston Geology Museum, Peterson Planetarium, and the Science and Math Education Center. Faculty and Student research has been supported by the NASA Program and a variety of other research grants. ESU is a member of the Kansas Space Grant Consortium of Universities.

Featured Degrees

Earth Science-BS

Bachelor of Science

The Earth Science program in the Department of Physical Sciences provides you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience via field studies, laboratory activities, and by offering a wide variety of specialized coursework in geology, atmospheric science, hydrogeology, oceanography, geomorphology, paleontology, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing.


Bachelor of Science

Physicists try to answer important questions like “What are matter and energy, and how do they behave in the Universe?” The physics program at ESU has a strong tradition of educating students so they can ask and answer these questions themselves. The Bachelor of Science (BS) physics major is focused in physics and provides in-depth preparation for immediate employment or graduate study.

Engineering-Dual-Degree BS Physics

Pre Professional Program

Gain a dual degree in Mathematics or Physical Science and Engineering (Kansas State University or University of Kansas) through our intercollegiate dual degree program agreement.

Undergraduate Majors + Minors

Explore majors and minors in the Department of Physical Sciences.

Graduate Programs

Explore graduate programs in the Department of Physical Sciences.

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Undergraduate Admissions

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Graduate admission application

Apply to advance your degree as a graduate student.



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Department of Physical Sciences Scholarships

Departmental scholarships are available for prospective and current students. Learn about them here.