Kristine I. Spangard, Department Coordinator
Why Macalester for Physics?
Research-infused curriculum: The department offers a rigorous, research-infused curriculum that prepares students for graduate programs in physics, astronomy, and engineering, and careers in technology, medicine, and education. Course offerings include challenging core courses in the fundamentals of physics and astronomy, a range of elective courses, and a list of contemporary special topics courses.
Dedicated faculty: Our research-active faculty are continuously engaged in their field. Supported by external and internal grants, physics and astronomy majors have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art original research programs in exciting fields such as semiconductor physics, solar cells, graphene, terahertz spectroscopy, elementary particle physics, and galaxy formation. Physics and astronomy professors daily bring their expertise and enthusiasm to the classroom and are fully invested in the education and training of their students.
Excellent facilities: The department conducts its courses in the modern classrooms of Olin-Rice Science Center. Its teaching laboratories are stocked with up-to-date equipment including dual-use research/teaching scientific instruments. Further advanced characterization and imaging capability is available in the Keck lab facility of the science division. Astronomy emphasis majors are trained on a research grade telescope installed in the Sherman Schultz observatory on the roof of our building. An experienced and skilled machinist provides services in a well-equipped machine shop.
Macalester Journal of Physics and Astronomy
The journal showcases original scientific research completed by Macalester physics and astronomy majors.
Physics & Astronomy Current News
Allison Einolf '13 received an ARCS Scholar award from the Portland Chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, Inc., a national not-for-profit women's organization. Allison will attend Oregon State University College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences in fall 2013 as a PhD student in the Physical Oceanography program. She was selected for the Scholar award based on her academic record, past research experience, statement of interest, and supporting letters. Congratulations, Allison!