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.
Planetarium student live streams Space Story Read AloudPlanetarium student Madison Rechtzigel live streams her very first Space Story Read Aloud. The MSUM Planetarium has been looking into […]
Schultz, Hernandez present at Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society virtual conferencePlanetarium director Sara Schultz and science education student Erick Hernandez presented Sept. 25 and 26 to the Middle Atlantic Planetarium […]
Dr. Schultz published in Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences EducationDr. Schultz, Planetarium Director, publishes in Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education. The paper, Who Are The Planetarians? A […]
Dr. Shastri awarded Tri College University Excellence in Innovation and Adaptive Education AwardDr. Ananda Shastri (Physics & Astronomy) has been awarded the Tri College University Excellence in Innovation and Adaptive Education Award. […]
Society of Physics Students (SPS) AwardsThe MSUM Society of Physics Students has earned the “Outstanding Chapter” designation from the national office. This is the highest level […]
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.