Department Chair: Frank Krennrich

The Department of Physics and Astronomy seeks to teach provide students with a broad knowledge of modern physics as a natural science, including knowledge of mechanics, electricity and magnetics, and thermodynamics. Graduates will be prepared for work as physicists, astronomers, science-educators, or for work in engineering, medicine, etc.

The Department of Physics was formed in 1915 from the division of the Department of Physics and Illuminating Engineering. In 1922 it was moved from the Division of Engineering to the Division of Industrial Science. In 1991 its name changed to the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Dates of Existence

Historical Names

  • Department of Physics (1915-1991)

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Physics and Astronomy Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Physics and Astronomy Publications

Physics and Astronomy Theses and Dissertations