Physics and astronomy explore the behavior and structure of matter and energy at all levels to help describe our world and universe. Through our program in physics and astronomy, you will be equipped to contemplate the origin and evolution of the universe and help develop new technologies to meet human needs.
The fundamental laws of physics find application in almost every branch of science, engineering and technology. In the coming years, eight out of 10 jobs will require math and computer skills. Your degree in physics will help you thrive in the new economy.
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Explore the world from the atomic to the universal level with a degree in physics. While here, you’ll investigate the structure of matter and how it functions across space and time. You’ll have the opportunity to study asteroids, white dwarfs and binary stars with our state-of-the-art observatory and research laboratories. Our programs prepare you for graduate work or employment as professional physicists. Utilize your skills in engineering, law and medicine.
There is a growing need for STEM educators. A degree in physics with a teaching emphasis takes your knowledge to the high-school classroom. You’ll take courses in electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics and modern physics. Our program offers specialized education classes in teaching and learning physics, science and math education theory, and project-based learning in STEM. Once graduated, you’ll be certified to teach physics at the secondary level (grades 7-12).
Our program prepares you for industrial employment, college teaching or for further graduate study leading to the Ph.D. degree. We offer a thesis and non-thesis track to suit your academic and professional goals. Choose our teaching emphasis if you want to teach at a community college or dual credit program.
The Master of Science in Physics with a Physics Teaching Emphasis caters to middle and high school physics teachers or for people with a Bachelor's in a science who wish to begin teaching at the secondary level.
In a world driven by technology and innovation, a degree in physics is a gateway to limitless possibilities. With the study of physics offering numerous benefits and opening doors to career paths across industries, the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University-Commerce is building a reputation as a top destination in Texas for […]
The Texas A&M University-Commerce chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has won a 2022-23 Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS national office. This is the seventh consecutive year the chapter has been recognized for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physical sciences organization, a designation given to fewer than 10 percent of all […]
Dr. Kent Montgomery has been appointed associate dean for the College of Science and Engineering (CoSE) at A&M-Commerce. He has served as associate professor and head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at A&M-Commerce since 2018. Montgomery earned a bachelor’s in mathematics and physics from Montana State University, a master’s in astronomy from San […]
Dr. Robynne Lock, associate professor of physics and astronomy at A&M-Commerce, is co-author of a paper focusing on the effectiveness of interventions designed to inspire high school students—particularly women and minoritized groups—to pursue physics-related careers. Lock is a founding member of STEP UP, the National Science Foundation-funded project that developed the interventions. The research demonstrates […]
Physicists far and wide will visit Texas A&M University-Commerce from March 23-25 when the university hosts the 2023 Joint Spring Meeting of the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (TSAAPT), the Texas Section of the American Physics Society (TSAPS), and Zone 13 of the Society of Physics Students. The joint meeting brings […]
The A&M-Commerce chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) has received the national organization’s Outstanding Chapter Award for the second consecutive year. The designation is the organization’s highest level of distinction, with less than 15% of chapters receiving the title. The chapter is advised by Assistant Professor Bahar Modir. Officers for the 2021-2022 academic […]
A&M-Commerce faculty, staff and students gathered on Sept. 29 to welcome the return of the Lion’s Lecture Series presented by the Graduate School and First-Year TRAC. Drs. Matt Wood and Sharonda Pruitt entertained the audience with two 20-minute presentations in the popular TED Talk format. Wood, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, […]
Students Eric Burns and Zorayda Martinez from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University-Commerce presented research at the renowned 22nd European Workshop on White Dwarfs in Tübingen, Germany, from August 15-19. “White dwarfs are the remains of stars like the sun,” said A&M-Commerce Associate Professor Kurtis A. Williams, Ph.D. “By studying these […]
A&M-Commerce graduate physics students Jake Richter, Rebecca Preston, Benjamin Santoyo and Amber Stinson recently attended the National Nuclear Physics Summer School program presented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge on July 11-22. Only 50 students are accepted to the program, which is open to graduate and post-doctoral students within a few years […]
The Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC), which is funded through a NASA training grant, has selected three Texas A&M University-Commerce students—Rebecca Preston, Amber Stinson and Judah Byars—to receive grant funding for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. TSGC includes 65 universities, industrial organizations, non-profits and government agencies in Texas. Through education and research, the […]
As a physics and astronomy student, you have access to a wide range of scholarships specific to your degree.
If you are majoring in Chemistry or Physics at Texas A&M University-Commerce, you may be eligible for receiving up to $7,800/year NSF scholarship based on your financial need, $500/year travel fund to attend scientific meetings and possible additional stipends for doing research with any faculty member in Science, Math and/or Engineering at TAMUC, as well as special training in scientific writing and presentation. These supports may continue up to 3 years.
Attend one of our departmental colloquium events, where physicists from across the country join us to explore topics such as nuclear physics, satellite navigation and the atomic nuclei. Our invited speakers discuss their current research projects and examine topics in modern physics education. Current students and the public are encouraged to attend to expand your network and knowledge of the universe.
The colloquium is held in McFarland Science Building Room 127. For more information, please contact Dr. Heungman Park.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our next colloquium events! A list of our colloquium presentations will be featured here when the schedule is confirmed.
Our physics and astronomy faculty are excited to develop your knowledge and skills through research. Opportunities are available for both undergraduate and graduate students. We encourage you to discuss any research interests with your professors.
We apply the modern theory of nuclei, based on quantum mechanics and computational methods, to various scientific questions and practical problems related to the origin of elements, the life and death of stars, and energy and medical applications in our research. Learn More
Physics education research focuses on understanding how to improve the teaching and learning of physics. Research seeks to identify and understand teaching strategies that build physics identity. Methods include analyzing both national survey data and case studies. We study the factors that affect students' career decisions with the goal of increasing the number of physics majors from underrepresented groups, including women, and improving the attitudes of all students regarding physics. You can find more information about our STEM teacher preparation programs here.
Organic semiconductors are studied for their potential in next-generation optoelectronic devices. While they have many advantages over inorganic materials such as silicon, their material properties are still not well understood compared to inorganic materials. Research focuses on exciton and charge carrier dynamics in organic materials and organic/inorganic hybrid systems. Resolving the interfacial state’s problem and elucidating the characteristics of excitons and charge carriers represent critical steps to achieve efficient organic-based devices. Faculty: Dr. Heungman Park (webpage).
Surface Physics studies the structure and properties of the atoms on the surface of materials. The Surface Physics Laboratory at A&M- Commerce engages in a variety of experimental research including X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Soft X-Ray and Auger Electron Appearance Potential Spectroscopy (APS).
Research is concerned primarily with observational and theoretical studies of asteroids, white dwarf stars and cataclysmic variable binary systems. Membership in the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA), provides access to three 1-m-class telescopes located at premier astronomical observatories in Arizona, USA, in Chile, South America, and on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. We also operate the 0.6-m A&M-Commerce Observatory.
Modeling and calculating observables in direct reactions, heavy-ion central collisions, fusion reactions, formation and decay of compound nuclei, nuclear structure, mean-field theories, radiative capture reactions, transport theories, neutrino scattering, white dwarfs, neutron stars, supernovae and applications of computer science. Research encompasses many branches of nuclear science such as stellar evolution, stockpile stewardship and national security.