Eastern Michigan University
College of Arts and Sciences
Physics and Astronomy Department

Did you see the October 2015 eclipse? Dr. Bonnie Wylo did!

NASA grant

Physics and Astronomy Department awarded NASA grant to study Mars.


Fall 2012 PHY 456 students at work in the electronics lab.


PHY 420 students launch a high-altitude weather balloon.

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News and Events

For Solar Eclipse Information please visit our  Sherzer Observatory webpage.  

2017 Spring OSAPS Meeting

EMU Physics and Astronomy is hosting the upcoming Ohio Region Section of the APS meeting on May 5-6, 2017.  The theme of this year's meeting will be computational physics in the curriculum.  Get more information here!

Tenure-track faculty position

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is accepting positions for a tenure track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level in the area of experimental engineering science starting in Fall 2017.  Please visit EMU's jobs board for more information!

Physics and Astronomy is looking for graduate students!

If you are interested in pursing a master's degree in physics, consider applying to EMU.  Contact the Department for more information about possible Graduate Assistantships!

SPS Meetings

The EMU chapter of the Society of Physics Students meets on Friday at 11:00 in Strong 339.  Stop by and get involved!
Email Dave Pawlowski  or check out our club on orgsync for more information.


Welcome to EMU Physics and Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers majors in physics, physics research, engineering physics and physics teaching and minors in astronomy, general science, physics and physics teaching. The department also administers interdisciplinary offerings in pre-engineering, general science, integrated science teaching and physical science teaching.
Physics faculty study a wide range of research topics including surface physics, optics, space physics, and plasma physics.


Physics Tutoring

Physics tutoring is provided regularly and free of charge by graduate students as well as members of the Society of Physics Students 5 days a week.  Stop by the Trochet Reading Room (3rd floor of Strong Hall) to see exactly when tutors are available.

Physics Honor Society

The department’s honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, is the official honor society of the physics profession. Through election to Sigma Pi Sigma, distinctive achievement and high scholarship in physics is recognized and celebrated. Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service in its members toward their fellow students, colleagues and the public; and to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. The faculty adviser and a committee of active Sigma Pi Sigma members nominate prospective members.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344