Physics and Astronomy

All Majors & Minors

Facilities and Resources

Ursinus physics majors work with state of the art equipment both on campus and at national facilities.

Marstellar Observatory

Located on the roof of Pfahler Hall, Marstellar Observatory houses two modern telescopes with tracking and astrophotography capabilities. Students use these telescopes in astronomy and astrophysics courses. There are also observing nights open to campus.

Multivac supercomputer

The department is home to a 108-core supercomputer funded by the National Science Foundation. Students pursue research in atomic and nuclear physics on the machine. Recent work includes simulations of particle detectors and models of many atom quantum mechanical interactions.

NSCL and FRIB National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory

Students participate in research at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL)
located at Michigan State University, which is also the site of Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) Facility for Rare Isotope Beamswhich is currently under construction and is slated for commissioning in 2022. Students work on campus at Ursinus but also travel to the NSCL/FRIB to run experiments or build and install detectors. 

NSF XSEDENational Science Foundation

Ursinus also uses National Science Foundation supercomputers for research. These machines are located across the country but we are currently using a 10,368-core machine at the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Time on these machines is provided through grants within the XSEDE program.