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Department of Physics
Department of Physics


Physics, the study of matter and energy, is at the root of every field of science and underlies all natural phenomena. Physics ranges from the study of the atom's tiny world to the colors of the stars in the far depths of our universe. Understanding motion, force, energy, sound, electricity, magnetism and light, as well as the atom and the nucleus, all challenge the student in this fundamental science.

The skills you gain with a degree in physics are valuable in so many jobs. These skills include: conceptual reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving.

Veteran physics undergraduates are employed by the Department, under faculty supervision, as Teaching Assistants, in our introductory laboratories. This combines a unique growth and learning opportunity with the convenience of an on-campus job.

The UNO Physics Department is very active in both theoretical and experimental research on novel materials that have interesting electrical, magnetic and optical properties. The projects also provide support and opportunity so that undergraduate physics majors may get involved and receive first hand training in the forefront of material research. In addition, many of our majors are encouraged to attend summer research programs hosted by national laboratories.


Physics Colloquium: Lendell Hillhouse Introduction to the Biophysics of Closed Ecological Systems, Friday, Apr. 25, 12:00 noon, DSC 170. Abstract

Physics Colloquium: Dr. Luis A. Marky, UNMC, Pharmacological Sciences Romancing DNA Molecules: Unfolding Thermodynamics of DNA Lesions and Mimicking the Targeting of mRNA, Friday, Apr. 11, 12:00 noon, DSC 170. Abstract

Pizza Free Food / Free Physics! Find out the latest physics & astronomy news! May 2, 12 Noon, DSC 170. Hope to see you there!

Planetarium Shows: Sunday, Apr. 20, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm -- Extreme Planets
Planetarium Shows: Friday, May 2, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, 8:00 pm- 9:00 pm -- What's Up?
Planetarium Shows: Saturday, May 3, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, 8:00 pm- 9:00 pm -- What's Up?