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Department of Physics

The Department of Physics at Kansas State University is built around 30 highly productive faculty members whose research expertise here at K-State and world-class facilities such as Fermi National Lab, CERN, DESY (German Electron Synchrotron), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab  provides students a wide variety of research experiences.

These faculty members include

  • 10 American Physical Society Fellows,
  • two American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, and
  • two Carnegie Foundation CASE National Professors of the Year.

Junior faculty members have won National Science Foundation's (NSF) CAREER awards and DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator awards.

See what else our department has to brag about!

Read a welcome letter from our department head.

Earn a degree in Physics at K-State


The highly-rigorous undergraduate program prepares graduates to be competitive in top graduate programs or for employment. The programs can lead to the Bachelor of Science or Arts degree, as well as a various dual majors and minors.


The graduate program provides research opportunities in numerous fields including

This PhD program blends demanding coursework with cutting-edge research to prepare graduates for jobs in academia, industry, and government labs.

Our programs emphasize core academic competency and research excellence.

Contact us for more information about our programs

This Week

Monday, August 14

Nuts & Bolts, 1:30 pm, CW 119

Special AMO Seminar, 3:00 pm, CW 144/145 
Esteban Goetz, Universit├Ąt Kassel
Quantum optimal control theory of photoelectron spectroscopy

Tuesday, August 15

New Graduate Student Orientation, 8:30 am, CW 119

Wednesday, August 16

Mechanics Departmental Exam, 9-11 am, CW 224

Electricity & Magnetism Departmental Exam, 2-4 pm, CW 224

Thursday, August 17

Modern Physics Departmental Exam, 9-11 am, CW 224

Quantum Mechanics Departmental Exam, 2-4 pm, CW 224

Friday, August 18

Thermal & Statistical Physics Departmental Exam, 9-11 am, CW 224

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 pm, CW 220


University researchers contribute to DUNE, the world's biggest neutrino experiment

College of Arts and Sciences names interim associate dean for research

Physicists create 'molecular black hole' using ultra-intense X-ray pulses

Physics Professor Tim Bolton among Faculty Stars named for College of Arts and Sciences

Kansas State University student from Overland Park a 2017 Cargill Global Scholar

Watch Video of Peterson Public Lecture by John Preskill

The Great American Eclipse of 2017: April 11 lecture, astrophotography class kicks off series of eclipse events

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