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Department of Physics

Discover new planets or determine the atomic structure of different materials side-by-side with our respected faculty who are experts in their field. In addition to research and professional internship opportunities, you'll develop technical skills through a variety of projects in areas specifically used by physics majors. These include the Brooks ​Astronomical Observatory and laboratories which are equipped for laser spectroscopy, magnetic resonance, rheology, thin films, polymer fluid dynamics and X-ray diffraction.

CMU gave me a place for me to discover that I enjoy research, and my professors worked with me and pushed me to do better.

Explore Physics at CMU

Learn the fundamental principles of the universe as you develop analytical skills that apply to careers in research, financial management, computing and teaching. Whether you want to study the behavior of matter and energy on the smallest scale (nuclei,
atoms and other basic constituents of matter) or the grandest (stars and galaxies), CMU’s physics major offers something for everyone with concentrations in astronomy, chemistry-physics education and physics education.​​

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Reach for the stars and space out studying celestial bodies, moons and galaxies at CMU. If the mysteries of the universe put your mind into overdrive, you’ll love using CMU’s advanced equipment and astronomical observatory atop Brooks Hall.
If your dream is to be an astronomer, you’ll have a bright future earning a physics degree with an astronomy concentration at CMU.​​

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At CMU, you will experience our unmatched passion for preparing fully licensed, professional, knowledgeable, and proficient secondary education teachers. With a variety of disciplines, including critical STEM areas, you pick your subject in CMU's secondary
teacher certification program. With a long history in teacher education, we’ve established an engaging student teaching program for you to observe live classrooms and gain practical experiences as you develop your own teaching style.

With a variety of community involvement activities, including student organizations, service-learning work, and study abroad opportunities, our secondary education degree will broaden your teaching perspective and help develop you into the best teacher
you can be.

Secondary education students interested in obtaining the Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate must complete the Bachelor of Science in Education Degree in the desired level and appropriate content area(s).

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