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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.

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  • Benefits of an MSUM Physics & Astronomy Degree
    Personal Attention
    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?
    Marketable Skills
    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.
    Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
    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.
    Learning Assistant Program
    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.
  • Physics & Astronomy Department News
    • Information meeting: Spring 2019 Hiroshima Peace Studies Tour
      Monday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in Hagen Hall 325 Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in Hagen Hall 325 […]
    • Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series: Student Summer Internship Presentations
      Friday, Oct. 12 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Hagen Hall 325 Andrew Louwagie Gordon, Updating Java applets using python notebooks. With new updates […]
    • MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series: The Search for Extrasolar Planets
      Friday, Oct. 5 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Planetarium, Bridges Hall 167 Featured Speaker: Ullar Kivila from the Science Centre AHHAA in […]
    • Noyce Education Workshop
      On Saturday, Sept. 29, MSUM hosted a day of STEM Workshops organized by the MSUM Noyce Program. This and future […]
    • Department of Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series – Student Presentation: Jane Glanzer
      Friday, Sept. 28 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Hagen Hall 325 Investigations of Noise Transients in the Advanced LIGO Calibration Model LIGO […]
    • MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series Presents: Faculty Talks
      Friday, Sept. 14 | 3-4 p.m. | Hagen Hall 325 Steve Lindaas: Making Connections: micro-controllers and interdisciplinary projects. How do you connect computers […]
    • Physics seminar: Meredith Mc Linn
      Friday, April 27 | 3-3:50 p.m. | HA 325 Meredith Mc Linn, a 2014 MSUM graduate and physics major, will […]
    • Physics seminar project presentations
      Friday, April 20 | 3-3:50 p.m. | HA 325 Want to know a party trick to amaze your friends? Worried […]
    • Physics seminar project presentations
      Friday, April 13 | 3-3:50 p.m. | HA 325 Want to know how to make a chain defy gravity? Ever […]
    • MSUM Society of Physics Students Annual Physics Show
      Sunday, April 15 | 2 p.m. | Langseth 104 Come see the Society of Physic Students hold fire in their […]
    • Merit-based sustainability scholarships available
      A merit-based Sustainability Scholarship is available to students majoring in any sustainability emphasis and are of at least sophomore status […]
    • James Flaten, associate director of NASA’s MN Space Grant Consortium, to speak on campus
      Wednesday, April 11 | 2-3 p.m. | HA 305 James Flaten, Ph.D., Associate Director of NASA’s MN Space Grant Consortium, University of […]
    • Physics Seminar with Elizabeth Swanson
      Friday, March 16 | 3 pm | Hagen Room 325 MSUM Alumni, Elizabeth Swanson M.Sc, will be giving the Physics […]
    • Physics Seminar: Senior Project Proposals
      Friday, March 2 | 3-3:50 p.m. | HA 325 Physics Seminar this Friday will feature senior project proposal talks by MSUM […]
    • Physics Seminar: Senior Project Proposals
      Friday, Feb. 23 | 3-3:50 p.m. | HA 325 Physics Seminar this Friday will feature senior project proposal talks by […]
    • Physics Seminar: Dr. Dmitri S. Kilin
      Friday, Feb. 9 | 3-3:50 p.m. | HA 325 The next physics seminar is Friday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. […]
    • Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series: Learning to SURF
      Friday, Feb. 2 | 3 p.m. | HA 325 MSUM student Chidubem Nuela Enebechi will be presenting the next Physics […]
    • MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series presents ‘Student Panel: Conferences & Internships’
      Friday, Jan. 26 | 3-4 p.m. | Hagen Hall 325 Join us for a student led talk/discussion about the importance of attending […]
    • Physics Department seminar by alumnus Wyatt Davis
      Friday, Jan. 19 | 3-3:50 p.m. | Hagen 325 Wyatt Davis, a 2016 MSUM graduate, is currently a graduate student […]
    • Physics and Astronomy students present at AAVSO meeting
      Three students presented research results at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, Nov. 2-4 […]
  • Careers & Outcomes
    MSUM Physics & Astronomy graduates will often excel in graduate programs throughout the country, have outstanding job placement, and successful career paths in physics, astronomy, and other related fields.
    Learning Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

    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.

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