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

Department News

  • Out Scholarships pages has been updated for new Spring 2018 deadlines for the Worman and Hart-Sipson Scholarships offered to Physics majors, the Upper Class Scholarship from MSUM, and the Minnesota High Tech Association Foundation (MHTF) Scholarship. (Jan. 11)
  • Juan Cabanela, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, was featured in a front-page story in the Fargo-Moorhead Forum on "Embracing the Dark"describing people whose careers have led to long periods of working in the dark. (Dec. 21)
  • The MSUM Chapter of the Society of Physics Students (aka The Physics Club) has been identified as a Distinguished Chapter by SPS National. This is the fifth year in a row the club has been noted as either a Distinguished or Outstanding chapter by SPS National! (Dec. 8)
  • Work Application Form (Spring 2018): Want to work as a Learning Assistant during Spring 2018? You need to apply. Positions are full, but people can always submit an application, just in case new LA need arises mid-semester (Dec. 11).

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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