Welcome to the Department of Physics and Earth Science home page! The department is located in Floyd Hall on the campus of the University of North Alabama. The department offers an undergraduate degree in physics, and courses are offered that lead to a minor in geology. The department offers a General Science option which is generally designed for students who have a second major in secondary education. The department maintains the university planetarium and observatory, which is available to the public for viewing (please follow the link for more information regarding dates and time of availability). A course in astronomy is also taught in the planetarium.


Department of Physics and Earch ScienceThe faculty members in the Department of Physics and Earth Science have the knowledge and experience to offer an outstanding education in these sciences. Active areas of research by departmental faculty members include the use of lasers as optical tweezers, quantum mechanics, water quality and resources, and the relationship between plate tectonics and biological evolution. Our faculty members have worked or conducted research in many areas of the world, including Chile, Russia, England and the Caribbean.

For further information about the department, please visit is in 207 Floyd Hall or call us at 256-765-4334.

Join us for the Alabama Academy of Sciences Meeting, February 17th - 19th.


January 15th - 17th.  Dr. Mel Blake and undergraduate students Nealy Sims, Jennifer von Tassel, Angel Gray and James McKee attended the Conferences for Women in Physics meeting at Georgia Tech, in Atlanta Georgia.   Nealy Sims won honorable mention for her poster paper.

August 26, 2015. Dr. Melissa Driskell published the paper "A New Seismically Constrained Subduction Interface Model for Central America" Kyriakopoulos, C., Newman, A. V., Thomas, A. M., Moore-Driskell, M., and Farmer, G. T. in  Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth. 120, doi:10.1002/ 2014JB011859.

June 23 - 27, 2015.  Dr. Mel Blake attended the Southeastern Planetarium Association Meeting at the Tellus Science Center in Cartersville, Georgia.

April 15th, 2015.  Dr. Mel Blake and Maisey Hunter's paper "A Binary Model for the Emission Line Star FX Vel" was accepted by the Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers.

March 21, 2015. Students Koko Himeno, Chelsea Petrie and Courtney Phifer attended the Zone 6 meeting of the Society of Physics Students at Auburn University.  Koko Himeno presented her research on the asteroid 1090 Sumida done with adviser Dr. Mel Blake who also attended.

March 12, 2015.  Students Christian Bayens, Maisey Hunter, Mary McDaniel and Matthew Morgan presented research at the Alabama Academy of Sciences meeting at Western Alabama University.  Dr. Brian Thompson and Dr. Mel Blake also attended and presented a talk on the outreach programs at UNA Planetarium.

Jan 5, 2015.  Dr. Melissa Driskell has received a National Science Foundation Opportunity Award grant for her project entitled "Basin to Slab Imaging of the Alaskan Subduction Zone" with collaborators Carl Tape and Doug Christensen of University of Alaska Fairbanks.


The Society of Physics students will meet at 2PM in the Planetarium Each Thursday.  All are welcome!