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

Department News

  • In cooperation with the FM Astronomy club, we are hosting an Astronomy Public Night at the Regional Science Center on Friday, October 16 at 7:30p. The public is invited and the event is FREE. (Oct. 10)
  • Dr. Cabanela is offering a course on Life and Death in the Universe (HON 324) for Spring Semester 2016. While HON courses are normally restricted to students in the Honors program, we have permission to allow a number of Physics majors into the course. If you are interested, please see Dr. Cabanela about an override to register for the course. (Oct. 8)
  • Work Application for Spring 2016. Want to be paid for doing Physics? Apply to be a Learning Assistant or Tutor with the Department of Physics and Astronomy! Applications should be submitted to Joy Lindell in Hagen 307 by 4pm on Friday, November 13. (October 7)
  • Five hundred people attended Lunar Eclipse event: The department collaborated with the FM Astronomy club to offer a lunar eclipse viewing event at MSUM for the last total lunar eclipse visible from Minnesota until 2018. Some photos of the lunar eclipse have been posted on our Facebook page (Sept. 29).

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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