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  • Physics and Astronomy

Physics & Astronomy

  • Physics & Astronomy

    The Physics and Astronomy Department provides outstanding instruction inside and outside the classroom on a variety of physics and astronomy topics—students learn how to create physical models and make predictions, apply scientific methods to solving theoretical and experimental problems, use new technologies to solve problems and clearly communicate technical principles, and more. Dedicated, highly educated faculty employ a wide variety of instructional techniques, including lectures, lab experiments, field trips, independent research projects and student-faculty collaborative projects for exciting, in-depth learning experiences. Students are required to participate in research and can choose from a variety of research programs in space physics, robotics, extragalactic, galactic, and solar system astrophysics, and physics education.

    A hallmark of the department is its outstanding facilities, which include a nanotechnology and robotics lab, a student-built NMR machine, the Paul P. Feder Observatory Regional Science Center and the Planetarium. Students augment their studies by participating in the MSUM Society of Physics Students, which provides opportunities for networking and learning from guest lecturers and educational trips. The combination of advanced research opportunities and personalized faculty instruction provides students with outstanding preparation for additional graduate study or exciting careers in physics and related fields.

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  • Annual Physics Show April 11

    The annual physics show will be on April 11th from 3pm-4:30pm. Please come and join us and enjoy the show!

    “It’s My Job: MSUM planetarium coordinator says her job is a little like being ‘Master of the Universe'”

    By Angie Wieck on Feb 22, 2015 at 3:32 p.m. MOORHEAD – One of the benefits of growing up on a farm near Forest River, N.D., was an unobstructed view of the night sky. Sara Schultz was studying the stars long before she was hired as an instructor and planetarium coordinator at Minnesota State University […]

    Professor in Department of Physics and Astronomy a co-author on two recently published papers

    Matt Craig, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, is a co-author on two recently published papers. One, in the Proceedings of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, is entitled “Writing and Assessing Student Learning Objectives: Tips, Techniques, and What Our Community Needs.” The other, published in Astronomy and Computing, is […]

    “Shedding Light on Dark Matter using Cryogenic Detectors” presentation today

    MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents: Shedding Light on Dark Matter using Cryogenic Detectors Presented By: Joel Sander, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics University of South Dakota Friday, February 6 3:00pm 325 Hagen Hall Abstract: Evidence from multiple indirect measurements implies that 80% of the mass in the universe is dark, non-baryonic and hence […]

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  • Psych Conf. 4/24/2015 7:45 AM to 5:00 PM

    7:45 AM to 5:00 PM - Center for Business CB 0202 Classroom

    Job Search Boot Camp 5/14/2015 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

    9:30 AM to 2:30 PM - Lommen LO 0104 Classroom

    MN GIS/LIS Workshop 5/20/2015 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    8:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Lommen LO 0004 Classroom

    MN GIS/LIS Workshop (ITV) 5/20/2015 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM

    8:00 AM to 5:15 PM - Lommen LO 0003 Classroom

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