About Us

Physics students conducting outreach activities

Physics students conducting outreach activities.

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.

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.


Using a telescope to observe the sky

Using a telescope to observe the sky

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 at a university and at a level expected only in much larger departments. These research efforts are fostered by the existence of the University of Missouri Research Reactor(MURR), a 10 MW light-water moderated reactor that is the highest-power university research reactor in the country. Please take a moment to learn more by exploring our web site.