The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in both Astronomy and Physics. We have 30 core faculty who do front-line research in a range of areas. In addition, several cross-appointed or adjunct faculty from other departments or institutions can also supervise grad students. We have one of the most diverse faculties of any Physics and Astronomy department in the country, and the highest number of female faculty members. The Physics and Astronomy building, one of the oldest on campus, underwent a major renovation completed in 2013, providing students, faculty and researchers with state of the art equipment and facilities behind a classic Collegiate gothic facade.
In Physics, our faculty work on a broad range of experimental, theoretical and computational problems in condensed matter and materials physics, nanotechnology, biological physics, medical physics, atmospheric physics, theoretical physics, and planetary science. In Astronomy, we carry out observational, theoretical, and computational research on exoplanets and planet formation, the solar system, star formation, stellar astronomy, the interstellar medium, extragalactic astronomy, and astronomical instrumentation.