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

Department News

  • Physics Majors Participate in Formula E Race: Two Physics majors, Ben LeMay and Waylon Macek, along with MSUM Student Kate Sullivan, volunteered for Formula E, the all-electric single-seater championship and are featured in this story from the Formula E website (May 22).
  • Work Application for Fall 2015. Want to be paid for doing Physics? Apply to be a Learning Assistant with the Department of Physics and Astronomy! Applications should be submitted to Joy Lindell in Hagen 307 by 4pm on Friday, May 15. (April 27)
  • On Saturday, April 25, the MSUM Chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honor Society, inducted four new Physics majors into the society. They were Wyatt Davis, Laura Herzog, Kyle Salk, and Beau Scheving. Admittance into the society requires an excellent academic record as well as additional contributions in service or research. (April 26).
  • The MSUM Society of Physics Students (Physics Club) just won the 2014-15 Student Organization of the Year for MSUM. Way to go folks! (April 22)
  • The Physics Show put on by the The Society of Physics Students was featured in a story on KVRR TV (April 11)
  • Beau Scheving, a Senior Physics major (with Astronomy emphasis), had his research work investigating Flaring in the Bakken Oil Field featured in the MSUM Alumni Magazine. (April 6, 2015)

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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