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.
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.
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.