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"Duluth" on Mars

On October 10, Roger Wiens is coming to UMD for a free public lecture at 6 pm in Chemistry 200. He'll talk about his work on instruments vital to exploration on Mars.

Mars Rover
Physics is the foundation for a broad range of professions.


The Department of Physics and Astronomy works to advance scientific knowledge and innovation while educating the next generation of talented scientists. Our dedicated faculty supports this mission with cutting-edge research, unique programs, and a supportive learning environment.

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More information about undergraduate degrees.

More information on our M.S. program.

Our department research interests include

  • Astrophysics
  • Cosmology
  • Particle Physics
  • Computational and Theoretical Physics
  • Physical Oceanography and Limnology
  • Condensed Matter Physics

I invite you to further explore our department, and hope you will join us on our beautiful campus. If you have questions or want to schedule a visit, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Jay Austin
Professor and Department Head