The Universe and Beyond
There's a lot to discover in our universe, and we're learning more about it every day. Contemplate the origin and evolution of our world through the Physics program at A&M-Commerce. While here, you'll explore the behavior of matter at all levels, from particles to galaxies. Work with our world-class faculty as you conduct research from our observatory or remote telescopes. Located 60 miles outside of Dallas, our rural location provides the richest nights for star exploration and research. STEM professions continue to rise with 8 out of 10 new jobs requiring a science education. Studying physics is one way to market yourself for these professions. Whether you're interested in further academic work or employment in engineering, mathematics, or defense, our degree prepares you for all.
Focus Your Passion
Our physics department offers four different tracks that cater to your research interests and career goals. We provide instruction in physics, astrophysics, applied physics, astronomy, and computational physics. Discover which program works best for you.
Prepares you for a career and advanced study in astronomy and astrophysics. You’ll take additional courses in observational astronomy, galaxies and cosmology, and stellar structures. Our program provides the foundation in physics and mathematics needed for entry into modern space-related careers such as space science and technology, planetary science and astrobiology.
Combines complex problems related to biology with physics and mathematics. This program provides excellent preparation for graduate work in biophysics, bioengineering, biology, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, computational biology, medical physics and neurobiology. In addition, you'll receive a minor in chemistry. We recommend this program to students interested in medical school.
Interested in launching a tech company? This program is designed for you. Our entrepreneurship emphasis partners with the College of Business to give you the tools needed for managing a successful company. You’ll take additional courses in finance and venture capital, project management, and marketing. With this emphasis, you'll be ready for the business world.
Physics with Teaching Emphasis
Combine your passion for physics and education with our teaching emphasis program. You’ll take additional education courses such as teaching and learning physics, project-based learning in STEM and pedagogy. You’ll also complete a teaching residency in your final semester as part of our education program. When you graduate, you’ll be certified to teach physics at the secondary level (grades 7-12).
We recommend this program for those interested in industrial employment or further academic studies. With this degree, you will grasp a solid understanding of the principles and foundations of classical and modern theories of physics. Gain practical experience by utilizing the analytical and modeling tools of physics with experimental opportunities. This program requires a second major or minor.
Become a part of the STEM Education Alliance. Four departments have partnered together to provide you with the tools and resources needed to excel in education. Our program offers collegiate-level teaching and tutoring experiences through the Learning Assistant program. You'll also have access to several scholarships designed for STEM majors.
Physics students are able to apply their in-depth knowledge to labs, research institutes and other related arenas. Broaden your network and gain real-world experience with internships and career opportunities with help from our faculty and staff.
Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries
US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018
While at Commerce I realized a love for physics that I had never known before. The tight-knit community at Commerce gave me the support I needed to pursue a new dream and helped me decide the next steps to take in my academic career.
A&M-Commerce gave me a close network of fellow students and professors that I still talk to today.
Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Although not required for your degree, internships are an important part of your education experience. These are just a few of the companies that partner with Student Career Preparedness and offer opportunities for A&M-Commerce physics students.
This course offers you an introduction to vibrational and wave motion with applications to acoustics, optics, and electromagnetic phenomenon.
You will cover geometry of static electric and magnetic fields, electric charges and currents, calculating electric and magnetic fields from potentials, fields inside matter, Maxwell’s equations, and EM waves.
In this course, you will learn an introduction to the kinetic theory of matter and to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, with applications to physical and chemical systems.
Undergraduate Program Costs
Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.