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Welcome to the Department of Physical Sciences

The Department of Physical Sciences (Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics and Physical Sciences Education) provides educational experiences ranging from individual courses to pre-professional programs, certificate programs, baccalaureate degrees, and graduate degrees. Detailed descriptions of degree programs within each department may be accessed by clicking on the individual department webpages (above) and is also summarized under Programs of Study. Financial resources are available for new and continuing outstanding students (See Scholarships and Assistantships)

The Department of Physical Sciences manages ESU's Johnston Geology Museum, Peterson Planetarium, and the Science and Math Education Center. Faculty and Student research has been supported by the NASA JOVE (JOint VEnture) Program and a variety of other research grants. ESU is a member of the Kansas Space Grant Consortium of Universities.

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For more information, contact: Dr. Kim Simons (chair) at

or Sarah Arnold (department secretary) at

Department of Physical Sciences
Room 133 Science Hall
Emporia State University
Rm 133 Science Hall, Box 4030
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS  66801

Phone: (620) 341-5330
Fax: (620) 341-5686