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: You’re Hired! – Infusing STEM and 21st Century Skills to Improve Students’ Attitudes Towards Engineering By Kristin Brevik, Logistics and Outreach NDSCS-Fargo / Skills & Technology Training Center Friday, March 7 3-3:50 p.m. 325 Hagen Hall My physics degree from MSUM prepared me for…..graduate school in chemical engineering?! MSUM Physics [...]
Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars, a consortium of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institutions that supports research, scholarly works and creative activity of undergraduates, is pleased to host the first Posters at St. Paul. The poster session will allow undergraduate students to share the results of their work with leaders in our state government and highlight the [...]
Physics and astronomy department captures day-old supernova Jan. 22 was a stellar night for MSUM’s physics and astronomy department. Professor Juan Cabanela, physics and astronomy, and physics majors Nathan Heidt, Laura Herzog, Michael Meraz, and Beau Scheving, made a trek to the Paul P. Feder Observatory in an attempt to capture images of a day-old [...]
MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents: Using Softchalk to Increase Immediacy by Embedding Pop-Ups in Student Handouts By: Richard Lahti, Ed.D. Chemistry & Biochemistry Physics & Astronomy Friday, Feb. 28 3-3:50 p.m. 325 Hagen Hall Softchalk is a program that allows faculty to create interactive lessons and upload them to a learning management system [...]
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