Physics & Astronomy
Physics graduates are problem solvers, with well-developed skills that enable them to work on a wide variety of pure and/or applied physical challenges in today’s technology driven workplace.
Learn more about the Engineering 3+2 Dual Degree program, a partnership between Brandon University and the University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering.
Physics is the study of the fundamental laws of nature that govern the structure and behavior of matter and energy from subatomic fundamental particles to stars, galaxies and the entire universe. It also provides the foundation on which rests much of the technological innovation in the modern world, from microwave ovens to computers, from airplanes to rocketry and space flight, from pocket cameras to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Physicists today make important contributions using both classical physics (computer simulation of pharmaceuticals, detection of planets around distant stars, gravitometric sensing of mineral resources), and modern physics (quantum computing, precise calibration of GPS systems, materials development, search for new fundamental particles) in theory and applications that affect our daily lives and shape the evolution of technology that society depends on.
Departmental facilities include a research grade astronomical telescope and a well-developed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance laboratory and a 54 processor computing cluster. Most faculty members in the department hold external research grants. The department also supports a fully equipped open source student computer lab.
Physics & Astronomy News
- Newsman Lloyd Robertson Receives BU Degree
- April 25, 2013
- BU Student Pursues Engineering at UMN
- March 26, 2013
- Respected Public Servant is New Chancellor
- March 19, 2013
- Huge Increase in New Student Applications
- February 25, 2013
- PHYS 40S, MATH 40S (Pre-Calculus)
Sample of Available Courses
- General Physics I & II
- Fundamentals of Physics I & II
- Physical Acoustics of Music
- Solar System Astronomy
- The Galaxy and the Universe
- Stellar & Galactic Astrophysics
- Modern Physics
- Electricity & Magnetism
- Industrial Researcher, Medical Physicist, Engineer (Aerospace, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical), Astronomer, Geophysicist, Financial Modeler, Particle Physicist, Science Writer, Teacher, Doctor, Dentist, Meteorologist.