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Loading images.A professor demonstrating in physics labStudents working in the Astronomy LabNight sky at the observatoryDr. Ben Doughty addressing his classStudents at observatoryA professor at the observatoryA professor and student in the physics labThe Science Building at sunsetDr. Cheri Davis Astronomer at the TAMU-Commerce ObservatoryA student at the TAMUC SARA Observatory at Kitt Peak National ObservatoryThe Galaxy rises over TAMUC SARA Observatory at Kitt Peak National Observatory Three students overlook TAMUC SARA Observatory at KPNOTAMUC SARA Observatory at duskLunar Eclipse 2014Lunar Eclipse 2014

Physics & Astronomy

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at TAMUC offers students a solid foundation in the physical sciences with the personalized attention of our 8 full-time faculty members.   Our graduates obtain employment in private-sector industry, government agencies, and academia.

We offer our students unique real-world learning experiences:

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics (using our 0.4-m Off-Campus Telescope, the SARA 0.9-m telescope located at Kitt Peak National Observatory outside Tucson, Arizona, or the SARA 0.6-m telescope located in Chile, South America)
  • Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics (where you learn the physics of neutron stars and the origin of the elements)
  • Surface Physics and Nanotechnology (in our Surface Physics Laboratory)
  • Hardware control with Microcomputers

In physics, your intelligence drives your imagination.  Physics and astronomy explore the behavior and structure of matter and energy at all levels to help describe our world and our universe. Physics allows us to contemplate the origin and evolution of the universe and to develop new products and technologies that meet human needs. The fundamental laws of physics find application in almost every branch of science, engineering and technology. In the coming years, 8 out of 10 jobs will require math and computer skills – your degree in physics will help you thrive in the new economy.

Our mission: to provide a nationally-competitive foundation for careers in science and technology as well as for advanced study in physics through the acquisition of problem-solving skills and participation in the research experience. 

Come join us, and Discover the Universe!

 

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