Welcome to Physics and Astronomy at the University of Michigan-Flint

Thanks to engaging courses that utilize hands-on, active learning and highly engaged and accessible faculty, our graduates successfully apply to top graduate schools and to engineering- and chemistry-based industries across the country. Over half of our graduates in recent years have received their doctorates or are currently working towards earning their doctorates.

We are a student-centered program that is constantly evolving to maintain a strong methodology and curriculum. Nearly all of our majors are involved in research with a faculty member, receive scholarships, and involved in our student club, the Society of Physics Students. 

In addition to the BA, BS, and Honors programs in Physics, we also offer the Integrated Science Teachers Certificate Program. You'll leave prepared to make an impact in secondary education, preparing the next generation to be successful with a solid foundation in STEM knowledge. 


physics news & stories

Ghosh Talks Academic Journey to Ph.D & National Lab!

“The UM-Flint campus has really given me a lot. I found so many opportunities that I’m not sure I would have gotten at a larger school,” Ghosh says. “I really enjoyed my time and the personal connections I was able to make.” Just five years after graduating from UM-Flint, Ghosh has earned her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut’s Materials Science and Engineering program. In her current role, Ayana focuses on computational materials science with a focus on atomistic simulations and machine learning.

Maize & Blue Scholar Winter 2020: Cordell Harris

The Physics faculty and staff would like to congratulate Cordell on his phenomenal scholastic accomplishments and in receiving the Maize & Blue Distinguished Scholar Award, the highest academic recognition bestowed upon upcoming graduates of the University of Michigan-Flint. Congratulations!!

Physics Faculty Granted Hubble Telescope Access for Research

Dr. Rajib Ganguly, Associate Chair of UM-Flint Physics and Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences, Engineering and Physics, will claim 19 of the Hubble Telescope’s orbits during the next year. Dr. Ganguly is known for his research on quasars.

Q & A: UM-Flint Physics Faculty Discuss Impact of Gravitational Wave Discovery on Their Research

UM-Flint physics faculty members Rajib Ganguly, PhD and James Alsup, PhD answer questions about the discovery of gravitational waves. Both Ganguly and Alsup have focused their research on black holes and rely heavily on Einstein's general theory of relativity, which predicted the existence of gravitational waves. Here, the professors offer an overview of the discovery, their initial reactions, and its implications.

Generous Gift Allows Creation of Second Active Learning Classroom

In a ceremony held on Friday, December 4, 2015, plans were announced to create the DeGraaf Active Learning Classroom at UM-Flint. The classroom, made possible by a generous gift from David and Francine Zick, will be named in honor of Dr. Donald DeGraaf, a founding member of the UM-Flint Physics department who taught here from 1956 until 1990.