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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.

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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



Smithsonian Associates Lecture and Sky Tour - Opening the Infrared Treasure Chest

Sep 22, 2021/6:00 - 9:00 PM


NASA's Next Great Observatory: Opening the Infrared Treasure Chest, Presented with George Mason University Observatory John Mather, a senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center who specializes in infrared astronomy and cosmology, reviews Webb’s capabilities and planned observing program and illustrates the evolution of the concept from 1988 to

Time Management, Communication & Managing Conflict ((Spectrum))

Sep 23, 2021/3:00 - 4:00 PM

Planetary Hall 263 or Zoom (register to access link)

Getting a degree is tough. Getting a degree with the added stress of poor time management and conflict can be unduly difficult mentally and emotionally. In this presentation, we will discuss proven time management tips, as well as discussion how best to handle communication and conflict, whether that is between

Public Night - Evening Under the Stars

Sep 30, 2021/7:00 - 10:00 PM

Research Hall, 163

Lecture by Dr. Robert Fisher