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Physics Department

Physics is the study of physical phenomena in our universe. It seeks to explain and describe physical interactions using the concepts of force and energy. At NMU, students are steeped in challenging coursework and top-notch training, developing comprehensive knowledge of the sciences along with the technology and research skills needed to succeed in the field or in graduate school.

Experience learning

Our professors work closely with each student to shape the best curriculum to meet your specific career goals. You’ll have the benefit of small class sizes and personal attention and the chance to join faculty in research projects on campus, such as analyzing the internal structure of neutrons or detecting radionuclides in local river beds. State-of-the-art equipment and technology, two observatories and various research labs are at your disposal. You might even present at the Argonne National Laboratory research symposium, which our students attend each year.

Career excellence

Our graduates have gone on to careers as teachers (much in demand), physicists, bio-, medical-, astroand geo-physicists, and oceanographers, or continued their studies to become a physician, lawyer or engineer. The field offers excellent earning potential. Learn more

The NMU Music Department made a <a href="https://events.nmu.edu/event/music_honors_dave_lucas_at_concert">special presentation</a> at its holiday concert to honor the memory of former physics department head Dave Lucas, who passed away in December 2015.Dr. Neil Russell of the Physics Department was honored as one of NMU’s 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award recipients at a reception. In the picture, Dr. Russell is standing next to NMUDr. William Tireman, physics professor, was among the group of Northern Michigan University faculty members who were recognized at the annual <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/mc/news-releases?articleID=174594&">Celebration of Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship</a>.The Physics Club is a student organization for anyone who thinks physics is "phun." Meetings are held every two weeks. The year is filled with activities, beginning with the display of a 111-foot pendulum in the Superior Dome during mobile device distribution. A courageous few may even be able to swing on the pendulum.Several physics students participated in <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/physics/physics-student-research">research experiences</a> this summer. Pictured is Thomas Hagen who was an astrophysics intern at Brookhaven National Laboratory.In celebration of the start of winter semester, Dr. Neil Russell, physics professor, joined other faculty, staff, and students in trying various winter sports. Wearing his academic regalia, Dr. Russell rode a fat tire bike for the very first time.

Degrees Offered

What you'll do at NMU

Join the Physics Club and plan amazing presentations for campus and area elementary classrooms. Help fuel the competition and learning at the annual Science Olympiad for middle and high school students at NMU’s Seaborg Center, one of the finest science facilities in the Midwest (where you’ll have most of your classes). Serve as a mentor to a fellow student struggling with introductory or advanced physics courses. Hang out with like-minded peers in the physics majors’ office. Maybe you’ll help gather materials for a book about testing the accuracy of the theory of relativity. Who knows, you could scale the Mackinac Bridge or solve the legendary mystery of the Paulding Light. Whatever you do, you will be immersed in interactive learning at NMU. You’ll also have the personal attention and support of talented, caring teachers every step of the way.

Physics Departmentphysics@nmu.edu906-227-24502515 West Science Building

If you have college credit and want to find out what will transfer to NMU, please visit www.nmu.edu/transfercredit