UAA Campus is Open

We are pleased to report the UAA Anchorage campus will open on Wednesday, Dec. 5, following last Friday's earthquake. The Chugiak-Eagle River Campus will remain closed, but classes will resume in alternative locations. Students should check UAOnline for their new meeting location. As you return to campus, we encourage you to check the web page for important safety tips and resources about how to submit work requests to facilities for repairs. Please continue to check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.

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A community from the best and brightest, studying everything from subatomic particles to the entire universe.

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Physics and Astronomy

Physics is the universal science. It is the rational development of experiments, observations, and theories to explain the fundamental structure of the universe. Physicists study everything from the smallest subatomic particles to the entire universe.

The laws that physicists have discovered form the basis for understanding the world and also for making the devices and machines that we see and use everyday.  

The Physics minor will provide a valuable option especially to Engineering, Math, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, or Geological Sciences majors. It is widely known that a strong physics background increases a graduate's employability.

Physics & Astonomy in the News!

News Stories

  • Travis Rector's New Book

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    Astronomer Travis Rector’s new book uses art to see the science in space.

  • Nathaniel Hicks

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    This physicist’s scientific curiosity goes all the way back to seventh grade.

  • Dr. Erin Hicks

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    UAA astronomer puzzles over black holes’ sway on galaxies.

  • dr-katherine-rawlins

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    UAA researcher involved in global IceCube Collaboration.

  • Travis Rector Image

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    Nat Geo uses UAA professor’s star cluster image.

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As Alaska’s largest planetarium, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Planetarium & Visualization Theater is an immersive place to explore the world around us, from the smallest microbes to the most distant galaxies.

Planetarium & Visualization Theater


Duricka and House
If you have questions about the Physics & Astronomy program, contact the Academic Advisors for the College of Arts and Sciences:

Deborah Duricka Ph.D.
(907) 786-4710

David House
(907) 786-4378 

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged.


Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive, CPSB 101
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Telephone: (907) 786-1298

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