Photograph of Dr. MaungThe Department of Physics and Astronomy is a student-centered department. We take pride in the quality of our graduates who have enrolled in masters and doctoral programs at prestigious universities and who have entered the workforce.

Physics and Astronomy graduates have successfully completed doctoral programs at institutions such as Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Stanford University. Southern Miss Physics & Astronomy graduates have started companies, and are employed at institutions such as Stennis Space Center, University of Kansas, Jones County Community College, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers bachelors and masters degrees in physics. The bachelor degree in physics includes a program of study for teacher certification. The department also participates in the doctoral degree in Scientific Computing offered through the School of Mathematical Sciences.

An important aspect of the undergraduate program is the requirement for each student to perform research before graduation. The department is analyzing its undergraduate program to more effectively recruit and retain physics majors. In addition, we are seeking avenues to highlight the attributes of a person with a physics background in the workforce, and we are seeking input as to how we may more effectively prepare physics majors for the workforce.

The department currently has two student-centered organizations: The Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma. The Society of Physics Students is a student run organization that is member society of the American Institute of Physics. Sigma Pi Sigma is the National Physics Honor Society that is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.