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.
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.