Physics & Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy provides B.S. degree programs in Physics, Astronomy, as well as a B.A. degree in Physics, a Concentration in Biophysics and a Physics\Engineering Program with Washington University. Faculty members of the department are actively involved in research in these areas. The department is also responsible for the providing education programs at the Drake Municipal Observatory.


Drake Physics Prize

The Drake Physics Prize Test is given to students in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. First prize in the test is a full, four year tuition scholarship to the Drake Physics and Astronomy department. A second four year tuition scholarship is offered to a runner-up (top 50 seniors) based on the academic record of the student, high school teacher and counselor recommendations, and the results of interviews held in April. High school students and teachers seeking more information should contact the department at 515-271-3141. 

Drake Physics Prize Test, Students' Page

Drake Physics Prize Test, Proctor's Page

ArtSci News
March 26, 2015
Renee Cramer, associate professor of law, politics, and society, has received a $76,244 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the impact of regulation, activism, and awareness on out-of-hospital midwifery care in the United States.
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