About Us

The University of Missouri offers exceptional academic opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study in physics and astronomy. The Department of Physics and Astronomy is a growing, world‐class department with strong programs in research and academics, nationally and internationally recognized faculty members, ties to physics‐related industries, and a demonstrated record of student success. The members of the Physics Department are committed to teaching, research, and service to the MU Community.



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The Department is well known for its accomplishments in basic and applied scientific research. Our faculty members lead research programs in Biological Physics, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Astrophysics and General Relativity, and Physics Education. The Department strives to provide every undergraduate and graduate student the opportunity to fully realize his or her potential in a learning environment dedicated to excellence and to giving each individual student the one‐on‐one attention they need. In our department, you will be individually known by our faculty, and you will share in the unique opportunity of being part of and shaping the future of our department and of physics.



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The Department provides undergraduate/graduate scholarships and opportunities for students to get involved in research, outreach activities, and clubs. The research opportunities offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy are in some cases unique 




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Laws Observatory, located on top of the Astronomy & Physics building on the UMC Campus in Columbia, Missouri, hosts a number of small telescopes, a computer room and an astronomy exhibit room with a collection of autographed pictures from NASA Mission Control, astronauts, engineers and people connected with NASA. The Observatory is open every Wednesday night from 8 - 10 pm (weather permitting), except holidays.

You can learn more by checking out the Laws Observatory page.




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The Physics Machine Shop has provided design services, high precision and close tolerance machine work and specialty welding to the University System since 1966. Inquiries for services are welcomed.

You can learn more by heading to The Physics Machine Shop page.