The University of Mississippi
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Astronomy Programs

We do not have a major, but we have introductory courses in astronomy with associated labs. Students view planets, stars, constellations and learn to use the telescope. Students learn about the Origin of the Universe, the Big Bang, Galaxies, and Space exploration. We have implemented an astrophotography project, unique in the country, where students take spectacular images of nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters.

Physics Degree with emphasis in Astronomy

We are soon planning to offer a B.S. Degree with emphasis in Astronomy. Students first take the Astro 103 and Astro 104(H) elementary astronomy sequence in their freshman year.  Astro 104(H) is an honors astronomy class taught with an astrophotography laboratory. In the junior year  an advanced course in astrophysics Astro 325 (Phys 503) is taught. For students who have not taken Astro104(H) a senior astronomy research project is assigned, this course is cross listed with Phys 463/464 (Senior Research Projects)

Faculty

Tibor Torma, Director of The Kennon Observatory

Don Summers, Professor of Physics, Astro and Particle Physics Research

Luca Bombelli, Associate Professor of Physics, Astro and Gravitational Physics Research

Marco Cavaglià, Associate Professor of Physics, Astro and Gravitational Physics Research

Brian Mazur, Graduate Instructor, Astro and Gravitational Physics Research