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

Department News

  • MSUM Physics Team takes first place in Quadcopter Challenge!: The MSUM team placed first in the 2020-2021 Minnesota Space Grant Consortium Exploration-Flying Quadcopter Challenge in a competition between 8 college and 1 high school team. Congratulations to team members Hiro, Lucas, Jacob, and Alex! (Posted May 11)
  • Would you like to be a Learning Assistant?: If you are contemplating being a Learning Assistant you need to apply. You can always turn down or modify an assignment. However if you do not apply you will not have this opportunity. So why should you take this opportunity? In addition to earning money ( = pizza) you also gain valuable experience. This is something you can put on a resume and it looks really good to future employers, graduate schools etc. Please click on this link for the application! (Posted March 31).
  • Congratulations to the MSUM Chapter of the Society of Physics Students for being recognized as a "Distinguished Chapter" by the National SPS office. (Posted December 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: cindy.fisher@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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