Welcome to the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Engineering at UNK! We are a great home for creative problem solvers who enjoy unique solutions that involve math and science, and who appreciate the benefits of a smaller university setting. Here, we know our students’ names.

This page is designed to serve as a quick reference guide for prospective students seeking more information about potential careers in the fields of engineering, physics and astronomy. We offer Astronomy, Physics, and Astrophysics degree options, or you could begin your 2+2 Engineering or 3+2 Dual Engineering and Physics degree program here. If you have questions, please contact Laura Jensen at jensenla1@unk.edu

In our department, you will be prepared to work in many different and interesting places; in industrial settings and government labs, schools, or on college campuses. Physicists, astrophysicists, and engineers also work in unconventional settings, such as at newspapers and magazines, in government, or even in business — anyplace where their problem-solving abilities and analytical skills are great assets.

Engineering student working on a project

Engineering

Physics students performing experiment

Physics

Planetarium showing constellations

Astronomy

Lena Janssen

"I feel very supported by UNK, and the International Office has really helped me. Before coming to the U.S., I was able to talk to many people which made it easy for me to decide on UNK. That support has been continuous and is one of the reasons why I have been able to successfully complete my first three years. The quality of education is really good. Smaller classes have allowed me to ask questions and get the help I need to be successful. What stands out to me is the great connections I have with UNK faculty. I hope to attend graduate school, and UNK is preparing me and giving me support during the application process. Overall, I have grown personally and academically and feel prepared for my career after I graduate."

Lena Janssen

Physics and Math

Adam Schlotthauer

I truly enjoyed how the physics department at UNK was almost like a small family. Everyone very much knew each other and were supportive of one another. The professors were all great and very personable. It was very easy to discuss topics with them and to work on getting a better understanding of what we happened to be studying. It was great to expand my knowledge not only in engineering but also other areas of physics as well. Without the Engineering Foundations program, I likely would not be where I am today. I am currently working at Commonwealth Electric Company of the Midwest. Once I graduate from UNL, I will then move into a full-time electrical engineering position with Commonwealth and work under their head engineer.

Adam Schlotthauer

Engineering Foundations - Electrical Engineering

Marguerite Gallegos

“The people who I met and learned from really directed me down this path and I am thankful for them. I really appreciate my experience at UNK.” Other highlights for Gallegos during her time at UNK were using top-quality lab equipment, having fun hands-on lab opportunities, experiencing a family atmosphere on campus and joining Society of Physics Students."

Marguerite Gallegos

Hershey Public Schools

9-12 Physical Science Teacher

Joshua Beck

“For me, it only seemed natural to study physics at UNK. As a kid, I was often scolded by my mother for taking perfectly good things apart just to see what made them function. I’ve always loved learning new things, especially through a hands-on experience. Physics helps me pick apart the world around me and understand at a fundamental level what is actually happening.”

Joshua Beck

Physics Comprehensive