Welcome to the Department of Physics & Astronomy!

Why study physics? See here!

The Department of Physics and Astronomy remains committed to our students during this very difficult time. The faculty and staff of our department are available through face-to-face Zoom meetings and through our Canvas course pages. Please reach out and contact us if you need us for any reason. Faculty email addresses and phone numbers are available here. The Physics office management assistant, graduate and undergraduate advisors, and the department chairperson are available through our contact page. Please don't forget to register for summer and fall classes. We thank you for your patience and hope to see you all back on campus soon!

See our departmental scholarships and awards available to undergraduates here.

Questions about summer courses? See Undergraduate Programs/ Summer Courses.

About Our Department:

Our Department comprises 6 full-time faculty and 1 adjunct faculty who are dedicated to research (PDF 111KB) and/or teaching. In addition, we have the Chancellor Emeritus and three Emeritus or Founders Professors as Department members.  We offer B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics with emphasis areas in astrophysics, general physics, engineering physics, and biophysics. The Department has research emphasis areas in astrophysics, materials physics, and biophysics.

Undergraduates in our program can take advantage of small class sizes and numerous research opportunities with faculty. Research stipends for the summer and academic year are available through the NASA/Missouri Space Grant Consortium. Financial aid is available to outstanding students majoring in physics through various awards and scholarships. 

The department also hosts a variety of special events (both social and scholarly) throughout the year.

Please contact the undergraduate and graduate advisors for questions regarding the undergraduate or graduate programs.

Graduate Program Advisor: 
Professor Eric Majzoub
Graduate Coordinator 
Phone: 314-516-5779
Email: majzoube@umsl.edu

Undergraduate Program Advisor: 
Professor Sonya Bahar 
Undergraduate Advisor 
Phone: 314-516-7150 
Email: bahars@umsl.edu