Physics & Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy provides B.S. degree programs in Physics, Astronomy, and Pre-Engineering as well as a B.A. degree in Physics. 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

Art Sci Events
September 6, 2014
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ArtSci News
August 14, 2014
Each piece of artwork, stemming from a single point of illumination in an otherwise completely darkened gallery, invites viewers to consider intersections between the real and imaginary. Matson Lume will provide an introduction to his work at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 at the Harmon Fine Arts Center, Room 336.
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