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
Heather Watson, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has been awarded a $292,000 grant from NASA for her project entitled,”Diffusion in Iron-Nickel Alloys and Sulfides: Constraints on Segregation and Crystallization of Early Planetary Cores.” Prof. Watson’s project will contribute to the education and research training of several young and aspiring scientists including at least one promising female high school student and several Union students from the fields of astronomy, geology and physics. Learn more about...read more
Eighteen Physics & Astronomy summer research students presented posters about their research to faculty and students. Student research projects were supported by Union College Summer Fellowships, NASA and NSF grants, and donations by Physics & Astronomy...read more
Chad Orzel, associate professor of physics, appeared on the popular NPR program, “Here and Now,” to talk about Americans’ basic science understanding, and how much it matters. A live production from NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, “Here and Now” reflects the “fluid world of news as it’s happening, with timely, smart and in-depth news and conversation.” The interview was part of the program’s weeklong series on the state of science in America. See...read more