Asteroid named for MSUM Physics Alumunus Sherry Fieber-Beyer: Dr. Sherry Fieber-Beyer, who graduated from MSUM with a B.A. in Physics with Emphasis in Astronomy, had the distinction of having an asteroid named after by the IAU this summer. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of North Dakota.
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
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.