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.
Physics Professor presented keynote and one other talk at Dakota NightsTheodore Roosevelt National Park held its annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival over Labor Day weekend. Dr. Matt Craig, Department of […]
Public astronomy nightThere will be a public astronomy night on Fri, Sep 10 at 8PM at the MSUM Regional Science Center. It […]
Matt Craig elected to Coordination Committee for Astropy projectMatt Craig, Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was recently elected to a one year term on the […]
Asteroid named for former MSUM Physics Professor Walter WormanThe International Astronomical Union announced this past summer that an asteroid has been named for Dr. Walter Worman, Professor Emeritus […]
ProfessorBrian Wisenden (Biosciences Department) and Ananda Shastri (Physics and Astronomy Department) published a peer-reviewed research paper in Behavioural Processes with […]
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.