Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union!
At Union, physics and astronomy classes are small and personal, instruction is characterized by individual attention, labs are taught by the regular faculty rather than by graduate students, and all students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research with faculty.
Please visit the links at the top of the page for more information about our department and download our brochure. Please feel free to contact us with questions:
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Science & Engineering Center
Schenectady, NY 12308
Phone: (518) 388-6254
Fax: (518) 388-6947
Department Chair: Rebecca Koopmann
Department Administrative Assistant: Lynnette Stec
Research professor A. G. Davis Philip, 87, died peacefully at the Capital Living Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on March 28, 2016. He received his BS in Physics from Union College; MS in Astronomy from New Mexico State University; and his PhD in Astronomy from Case Institute of Technology. He taught at the University of New Mexico and SUNY at Albany and joined Union as a research professor in the 1970’s. He is best known for his work on globular clusters,and his work was published in over 60 referred scientific journal articles and...read more
Congratulations to Brent Shapiro-Albert ’16, who has won the 2016 Chambliss Astronomy Award of the American Astronomical Society, the professional society for U. S. astronomers. Brent was awarded the prize for the research he presented at the January 2016 meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Prizes are awarded by judges from the professional astronomy community, based on posters presented by the undergraduates at the meeting. Brent is one of only 8 undergraduates from across the country who received this prestigious award. He...read more
Faculty and students celebrated the Physics 100 First-Year Seminar with a Mexican dinner last week. Check out the photos from the event! 2015_physics_100_dinner01 2015_physics_100_dinner02 2015_physics_100_dinner03 2015_physics_100_dinner04 2015_physics_100_dinner05 2015_physics_100_dinner06 2015_physics_100_dinner07 2015_physics_100_dinner08 2015_physics_100_dinner09 2015_physics_100_dinner10 2015_physics_100_dinner11 2015_physics_100_dinner12 2015_physics_100_dinner13 ...read more