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Physics Department

USNA Physics


The mission of the Physics Department is to develop midshipmen's technical, mathematical, and reasoning proficiency for unique problem solving skills in the fleet and beyond. Our department fosters midshipmen's learning and critical thinking skills through various teaching methods that support an array of learning styles. Through our program, the midshipmen have the opportunity to learn both inside of the classroom and through researching physics in unique laboratory settings.

About Our Department

Our department is made up of 12 military instructors and 26 civilian professors that are dedicated to the education of approximately 100 majors and 1100 core physics students. We have four unique physics tracks that allow optional specializations in Astrophysics and Applied Physics. All tracks allow for midshipmen to develop their critical thinking skills through a variety of courses to allow the midshipmen to choose a more personalized plan of study including the option to have a research project.

Contact Information:

Conventional mail:

Physics Department
U. S. Naval Academy, Stop 9c
572c Holloway RD
Annapolis, MD 21402-5002


Dept: (410) 293-6650
FAX: (410) 293-3729
DSN: 281-6650



Michelson Lecture

Above is pictured: Dr. Kip Thorne (Right) alongside Dr. Bill Phillips (Left) , winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics, 2003 Michelson Lecturer and attendee at the 39th Michelson Lecture at United States Naval Academy on November 6, 2019. 

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