Physics & Astronomy Department
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.
Everyone knows you by name in the Physics and Astronomy Department. Courses average 13 students, ensuring you plenty of individual attention and mentoring from faculty members who are not only master teachers, but also respected scholars in their fields of expertise.
You have the opportunity to work with faculty to apply your knowledge and deepen your understanding. Learn how to run an atomic force microscope, do nuclear magnetic resonance research with a faculty member using our 2-Tesla machine to probe matter, work with medical physicists at Sanford Health, explore the universe using the Paul P. Feder Observatory or design a simulated tide pool for the Biosciences department. These are just a few examples of actual past MSUM student activities. What will you do?
MSU Moorhead received a NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant in 2015 with the objective of increasing new STEM teachers prepared to work with diverse students in high needs schools and giving them the resources to do so successfully through innovative coursework, targeted field experiences and mentorship support.
The Physics and Astronomy Department offers you the opportunity to be a Learning Assistant for courses you have already taken. It’s a competitive selection process and a privilege that not only deepens your topic knowledge but provides valuable experience communicating science.
The Physics curriculum teaches and reinforces skills critical to a variety of enterprises that will help you to be successful. Computational methods are integrated throughout our innovative curriculum to develop your expertise in three core areas:
Physics: Develop programming, instrumentation and quantification skills that are useful in science and industry.
Communication: Develop and practice communication skills in writing and oral presentation that teach you to present complex ideas clearly and effectively.
Teamwork: Develop effective collaboration skills in and out of the classroom through research groups or other student teams.
MSUM students share love of astronomy with hundreds of visitors at Theodore Roosevelt National ParkSix MSUM students volunteered at the 10th annual Dakota Nights astronomy festival at Theodore Roosevelt National Park Sep 16-18, 2022. They set up several telescope for evening star viewing and gave visual tours of the constellations using laser pointers. Five of the students, Alex Niemi, Emily Watson, Izzy DiOrio, Mara DeRung, and Tanner Weyer, have majors in the Department of […]
MSUM Students Contribute Data to NASA MissionMSUM students Mara DeRung and Emily Watson submitted observations of an exoplanet transit to NASA’s TESS mission as part of the ground follow-up group. A transit occurs when a planet orbiting another star passes in front of the star, briefly dimming its light. The green line in the graph below shows the tiny dip in brightness of the star as […]
Special Physics Seminar by SAC Keynote SpeakerThursday, April 28 | 3 p.m. | Hagen 325 | Zoom Please join us Thursday, April 28 at 3 p.m. for a special seminar by Dr. Heather Cegla, who was the keynote speaker at the Student Academic Conference a few weeks ago. Dr. Cegla, who graduated from MUSM in 2010 and is currently an assistant professor at the University of […]
Physics Seminar — Hands-on Relativity with Dr. Robert SalgadoPlease join us at 3PM on Friday, Apr 22 in HA325 or at the link below for a physics seminar by our very own Dr. Robert Salgado, who has extensive experience developing graphical, hands-on approaches to understanding relativity. Title: Relativity on Rotated Graph Paper… You can count on it. Abstract: We present visual calculations in special relativity using spacetime diagrams […]
Full day of Physics and Astronomy Saturday, April 9There are several Physics and Astronomy-related events this Saturday, April 9, open to the community: Society of Physics Students (SPS) Demo Show, 1PM in LH118: Join us for several demonstrations of physics principles relevant to the new James Webb Space Telescope. Our first in-person demo show since 2019 will include many new demos and hands-on activities. Check the Department of […]
MSU Moorhead's Physics & Astronomy Department is committed to providing you exceptional field experience beginning at the start of your education and continuing until graduation.