Darsa Donelan


Continuing Assistant Professor in Physics

Faculty advisor for Gustavus Society of Physics Students (co-advisor), Queers & Allies, Womxn's Action Coalition, A Moment of Magic, and Gustavus Rocketry Club

Vice-Chair of the President's Environmental Sustainability Council (PESC)

Nobel Conference 2019, Environmental Communications Team, and Groundswell committee member

External collaborations: NASA Space Science Education Consortium, AAPT Faculty Online Learning Community

Gustavian Weekly "Gustie of the Week" Article (May 18, 2018)


Ph.D. Physics, University of Florida, 2016, B.S. Physics and B.A. Mathematics, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 2009, A.A. Fine Arts, Berkshire Community College, 2006

Areas of Expertise

Planetary Atmospheres, Physics Education, and Titan


Star Trek, Cosplay, Running, Soccer, Cats, and Titan

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
PHY-121 General Physics I Lab 10 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2017/FA, and 2016/FA
PHY-171 General Physics II Lab 5 2019/SP, 2018/SP, and 2017/SP
PHY-102 Astronomy Lab 5 2019/SP, 2018/SP, and 2017/SP
PHY-196 Cosmic Universe Lab 3 2019/FA, 2018/FA, and 2017/FA
PHY-120 General Physics I 2 2019/FA and 2018/FA
EDU-246 Science for Elementary Educators I 2 2019/FA and 2018/FA
PHY-122 General Physics I with Calculus 2 2019/FA and 2018/FA
EDU-247 Science for Elementary Educators Lab 2 2019/SP and 2018/SP
PHY-102 Astronomy, Cosmology, and Astrophysics 2 2019/SP and 2018/SP
EDU-247 Science for Elementary Educators II 2 2019/SP and 2018/SP
PHY-206 Mechanical Univ Lab 2 2018/SP and 2017/SP
PHY-216 Electromag. Univ. Lab 1 2016/FA