Note from the Chair

Our department is the first of its kind in Lebanon. In addition to a strong traditional undergraduate physics curriculum that leads to a B.S. degree in Physics, we offer 6 undergraduate courses in astronomy and astrophysics. These courses range in difficulty from those that satisfy a general interest in astronomy and are open to all NDU students, to those that are at a more technical level and require more physics and math skills. Moreover, our department offers an M.S. degree in Astrophysics, jointly with Universite Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth. For those who would like to just have a taste of physics, our department offers a minor in physics.

NDU astronomers are actively engaged in education, research, and public outreach activities. They teach a wide range of physics and astronomy courses to a wide and varied population of NDU students. The physics courses offered to engineering students provide all engineering majors with a strong physics foundation that helps them master the basics behind all of today's machines and engineering marvels. Research activities include studying the properties of stars and active galaxies. NDU currently operates a campus observatory that includes a 60-cm telescope equipped with research-grade equipment. NDU is planning to place an observatory, donated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, at Qornet al Sawda, the highest peak in Lebanon. The Physics & Astronomy department takes pride in engaging undergraduates in the research projects of its faculty. The public outreach activities of our faculty have helped to bring the wonders of physics and astronomy to thousands of Lebanese of all ages.

Members of our department have gained national recognition for their efforts to advance astronomy & astrophysics in Lebanon. They are founding members of a national team that advises the Lebanese government on all matters related to astronomy. They are also founding members of a major Lebanese astronomy society which brings astronomy to the public and helps develop amateur astronomy skills.Graduates of our M.S. program are pursuing their Ph.D. studies abroad.

With four astronomers on its faculty, the Department of Physics & Astronomy at NDU is currently home to half the astronomers in Lebanon, making it the flagship of observational astrophysics in the country. Nurtured by NDU's commitment to the pursuit of truth and knowledge, the mission of the Department of Physics & Astronomy is as clear as the Sun on a cloudless day: Excellence in education, research, and public outreach.

Bassem Sabra, Chairperson

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