Physics & Astronomy Department


The Department of Physics & Astronomy at our site within the College of Science & Mathematics is an undergraduate-only department with about twenty faculty members and over one hundred and ten majors. James Madison University is a state funded comprehensive university that consistently ranks near the top of its classification in many nationally published rankings. Our vision is to strive to be a leading undergraduate physics and astronomy department by building a research-active, student-centered community.


New! The department of Physics and Astronomy has an opening for a tenure-track position starting in the Fall semester of 2015. We seek outstanding candidates with an earned Ph.D. in theoretical physics and relevant postdoctoral experience. The fields most strongly considered will be quantum entanglement, string theory, quantum computing, physics beyond the standard model physics, and quantum gravity. For more information about the position and how to apply click here.


New! The department of Physics and Astronomy has an opening for the position of Laboratory Manager. The ideal applicant will have a masters degree or equivalent work experience in physics, engineering, or a related technical field. Degree or coursework beyond the masters is desirable. We seek to fill this position for a start date of July 1, 2015. For more information about the position and how to apply click here.


The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers both major and minor programs in Physics and a minor in Astronomy for students interested in a challenging program in pure and applied sciences. Several tracks exist within the major incuding materials science, computational physics, electronics, and applied nuclear physics which allow students preparing for a wide range of post-graduate options to pursue the curriculum best suited to their needs. The department also offers a 3/2 program in Engineering. Check out our video to find out more:



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Visitor Information

James Madison University is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley just off of I81. The Valley is served by the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave just 15 minutes from campus. Alternative airports include Charlottesville Ablemarle Airport approximately a 1 hour drive from Harrisonburg and Dulles International Airport which is about a 2 hour drive away. For local hotels, motels, and restaurants check here. Driving to campus?





Giving to JMU Physics & Astronomy

The Department of Physics & Astronomy relies on donations from our friends to carry out several important functions within the department and to support our strong scholarship program for our students. There are several ways to put your dollars to work within the department which greatly benefit our students. Any donation, no matter how small or large, is greatly appreciated. For more information on how to support the Physics & Astronomy department click here.


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