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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Welcome to the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Let your intelligence drive your imagination. The Department of Physics and Astronomy at A&M-Commerce offers a solid foundation in the physical sciences with personalized attention from our ten full-time faculty members. Physics and astronomy explore the behavior and structure of matter and energy at all levels to help describe our world and universe. It allows us to contemplate the origin and evolution of the universe and develop new 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.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Welcome from the Department Head

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WELCOME FROM THE DEPARTMENT HEAD

Greetings!

I’m Kent Montgomery, and it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M University-Commerce. We are one of the oldest departments at the university, with a history that stretches back some 80 years, and alumni that have achieved some amazing careers. Currently, we’re an active, growing department with faculty and students conducting research in areas ranging from surface physics and thin-film characterization to stellar and nuclear astronomy and astrophysics. When you find something that interests you, please feel free to contact any of our faculty for more information!

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Dr. Kent Montgomery
Department Head
Physics and Astronomy

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Explore Our Programs

Explore Our Programs

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Physics (BA/BS)

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.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

Required for BA, not BS

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Physics (BA/BS) Teaching Emphasis

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).

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

Required for BA, not BS

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Physics (MS)

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.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery 100% Online, Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

30 hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Our Facilities

Our Facilities

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Featured News

Featured News

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Department of Physics and Astronomy- (Aditya Editing) :: Student Organizations and Involvement

Student Organizations

Society of Physics Students

This organization meets bi-weekly and is open to all students with an interest in physics. We sponsor physics and science-related activities, provide opportunities for members to meet with researchers from other institutions and provide social events for our members.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS

As a physics and astronomy student, you have access to a wide range of scholarships specific to your degree.

NSF Scholarship

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.

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Physics and Astronomy :: RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS AND GRANTS

Our Research

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.

Physics Education

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.

Organic Semiconductor Physics

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 Science

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).

Astronomy and Astrophysics

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.

Nuclear Theory and Nuclear Astrophysics

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.

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Department of Physics and Astronomy:: Meet our Faculty and Staff

Meet our Department

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: We are Here to Help!

We are here to help!

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Contact

Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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START YOUR JOURNEY!

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