Minnesota State University Moorhead Department of Physics and Astronomy
College of Health, Science, & the Environment

Department News

  • Work Application Form (Spring 2018): Want to work as a Learning Assistant next semester? You need to apply. The application form is online and is due Friday, November 3. (Oct. 9)
  • Scholarships News: The applications for nomination for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship are up. Physics majors who are US citizens or permanent residents (particularly those in their 2nd or 3rd year) with a GPA higher than 3.5 are encouraged to apply before November 21. The scholarship is $15,000 a year! (Oct. 2)
  • Our eclipse viewing event was covered by most of the local TV news including Valley News Live, KVRR, and WDAY (Aug 21)

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide excellent undergraduate instruction in physics and astronomy. In lower division courses, faculty use lecture demonstrations, cooperative learning methods, hands-on activities, and field trips to develop a broad working knowledge of physics. In upper division courses, in addition to the above methods, students learn through cooperative projects, research with faculty, and hands-on instrumentation and computation projects.

About the Department of Physics and Astronomy

The MSUM Physics and Astronomy program is a student-centered program. We provide students with educational opportunities in the classroom and outside it in order to improve their preparation for a career using physics.

We have facilities including a nanotechnology and robotics lab, a student-built NMR machine, and the Paul P. Feder observatory.

Our faculty have high quality research programs in space physics, robotics, extragalactic, galactic, and solar system astrophysics, and physics education. Our undergraduate students participate in these research programs and gain experience to prepare them for careers in physics and related fields.

Contact Information
Office: Hagen Hall 307
Phone: (218) 477-2141
Email: lindellj@mnstate.edu

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Department of Physics and Astronomy
Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 7th Avenue South, Hagen Hall 307
Moorhead, MN 56563

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