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

Department News

  • Making a Big Difference: Two of our Alumni, Charles Conduah '06 and Libby Hegge '08, are featured in MSUM's alumni magazine because of their successful careers in Medical Physics. Careers that started because of their experiences at MSUM!
  • Aquaponics Research at Student Academic Conference: This story from campus news focused on Ben LeMay, an MSUM Senior Physics Major, who presented two projects at the Student Academic Conference. (Posted May 4)
  • A lifelong Journey: A story on two international students, Tim and Loza, who spent a lot of time with our department and their journey from Ethiopia to Stanford! (Posted May 3)
  • The Society of Physics Students had their 5th Annual Physics Show on 2pm on Saturday, April 2 and it was a huge success with approximately 100 visitors attending the show. (Posted Apr. 5)

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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