Welcome to EMU Physics & Astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers majors in physics, physics research, engineering physics, and physics teaching and minors in astronomy, physics, physics teaching, and science literacy. The department also administers interdisciplinary offerings in pre-engineering, science literacy, integrated science teaching, and physical science teaching.

Physics and astronomy faculty study a wide range of research topics including condensed matter, optics, space physics, and plasma physics.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy Celebrates Black History Month

Willie Hobbs Moore

In 1972 while attending the Univeristy of Michigan, Willie Hobbs Moore was the first African American woman to earn a PhD in physics in the United States. Even while she worked for several engineering and technology companies in southeastern Michigan, she continued to advocate for STEM education for minority students throughout her life.

It has long been recognized that the physics community has suffered due to a lack of representation from African American members. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is addressing this, taking guidance from the recent American Institute of Physics TEAM-UP report: "The Time is Now: Systemic Changes to Increase African Americans with Bachelor's Degrees in Physics and Astronomy." We anticipate that these efforts will lift up all prospective physicists. When we make physics more accessible to anyone, we help everyone.

Ranked among the Top Programs in the Nation

The American Physical Society (APS) has once again ranked EMU's Department of Physics and Astronomy among the nation's top programs. In a recently published report, EMU ranked 14th in the nation in the number of undergraduate physics degrees awarded by Master's degree granting institutions.

The EMU Physics and Astronomy Department also ranked 11th in the nation in the number of women receiving Bachelor's degrees in physics from Master's degree granting institutions, according to the APS.