Physics & Astronomy Department

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At the Forefront

One of our graduate students, Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil, is the lead investigator on research about a new and rare type of galaxy.

Hoag Type Galaxy
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.

We offer exciting B.S., M.S., and minor programs in physics and astronomy and the moderate size of our department allows faculty to work one-on-one with students to meet their needs and interests. We have excellent working relationships with our students in a training atmosphere that is often difficult to achieve at larger institutions.

Our faculty conducts advanced research in Astrophysics, Cosmology, Particle Physics, Computational and Theoretical Physics, Physical Oceanography and Limnology, and Condensed Matter Physics.  These forefront research projects and our state-of-the-art facilities provide unique opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. In fact, undergraduate research experience is a vital part of our physics majors' education, with the possibility to begin conducting research during freshman year.

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