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.
MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Presents: Inspiring the Future ENGINEERS with STEM & Bernoulli’s Principle- Fluids, the Air, and…. the Throat Friday, April 10 | 3:00 pm | HA 325 Abel Tilahun & Kyle Hurley In the summer of 2014, I was a mentor for the SEEK program (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids) of […]
The Department of Physics and Astronomy has an Earth Month Challenge. We challenge other departments and groups to be good to the Earth while being good to themselves. 1) We are expanding what is recycled in our department. We collect cans and bottles as well as other plastics. 2) We are committed to using green […]
The annual physics show will be on April 11th from 3pm-4:30pm. Please come and join us and enjoy the show!
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 […]
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