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We are a leading research and education center whose members and graduates make positive contributions to science, the economy, and society.

We provide physics and astronomy students with rigorous problem-solving skills and analytical training to prepare them for STEM careers in academia, research, and industry.

Astronomy student looks through telescope in the observatory.

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Planetary Hall at George Mason University Fairfax Campus

Our goal is to advance knowledge and promote scientific literacy through instruction, research, and outreach.

Our faculty and students collaborate with local and national research institutions, including the Naval Research Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA, the Jefferson Laboratory, and many others to push the boundaries of physics and astronomy research.

George Mason University student and alumna study space weather at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Why the Physics and Astronomy Department?


BLS overall employment growth from 2018 - 2028 for physicists and astronomers.


The observatory allows over 1,000 people every year to view the cosmos and learn from experts.


Various research centers and facilities to explore your academic and research interests. 

Mason Physicist receives NSF CAREER Award for Quantum Cryptography Research, Outreach

In spring, 2019, George Mason University College of Science assistant professor Patrick Vora received a $557,230 National Science Foundation CAREER award to create technologies that enable unbreakable encryption protected by the laws of quantum mechanics.

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News and Events



Let's talk about presenting! Building Presentations & Public Speaking (Spectrum)

Nov 4, 2021/3:00 - 4:00 PM

Planetary Hall 263 or Zoom (register to access link)

Presenting is a big part of any STEM degree. This week, we will discuss how to build a vibrant presentation, how best to present information, and how to conquer public speaking - even with nerves! Register to attend. Have a question you'd like answered at the event? Submit your questions

Picture a Scientist Screening and Discussion with Filmmakers

Nov 4, 2021/7:00 - 9:30 PM

JC Cinema and simultaneous Zoom
Registration will be available soon. 

A part of Mason's Visiting Filmmakers Series, the College of Science and Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact are pleased to support this special screening of Picture a Scientist. Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins

Smithsonian Associates Lecture and Sky Tour - Finding Earth 2.0: The Search for Habitable Worlds

Nov 17, 2021/6:45 - 8:45 PM


Finding Earth 2.0: The Search for Habitable Worlds, With George Mason University Observatory Sara Seager, a professor of physics and planetary science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who is one of the leading experts on the search for Earth-like planets, shares the latest advances in this revolutionary field. Following