About the Department

Physics is crucial to understanding the world around us, the world inside us, and the world beyond us. It is the most basic and fundamental science. Physics challenges our imaginations with concepts like relativity and string theory, and it leads to great discoveries, like computers and lasers, that change our lives. And, studying physics equips a person with excellent problem solving and analytical skills – very desirable in the job market.

In the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Engineering at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, you will be prepared to work in many different and interesting places; in industrial settings and government labs, schools, or on college campuses. Or, to transfer to finish an engineering degree. Physicists and engineers sometimes 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. Astronomy and Astrophysics degree options are offered. You can also begin your path to becoming an engineer through the Engineering Foundations Program that involves a 2+2 or 3+2 dual degree program.

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

Beyond the Classroom

At the University of Nebraska at Kearney, you have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in, organizations, internships, and more. The Physics and Astronomy Department at UNK encourages its students to get involved with the multiple opportunities they provide to aid you to your future career. 


Specialty Facilities

  • UNK Planetarium The Department of Physics and Astronomy operates the UNK Planetarium. The UNK Planetarium is Nebraska's newest and largest star theater, providing students and visitors with an indoor Universe where the sky is never cloudy.