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Let your intelligence drive your imagination

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.

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) :: 1.3 SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN PHYSICS

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Physics (BA/BS) :: MAJORS/EMPHASIS

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.

Astrophysics Emphasis

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.

Biophysics Emphasis

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.

Entrepreneurship Emphasis

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).

Physics (BS)

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.

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Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

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STEM Alliance

Our Community

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.

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Physics (BA/BS) :: 1.6 PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

A degree in physics will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Gain a solid understanding of the principles and foundations of classical and modern theories of physics.
  • Practice the methods and techniques of experimental physics plus utilize the analytical and modeling tools of physics.
  • Develop analytical, problem-solving and communication skills valuable in a wide range of employment areas.
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Physics (BA/BS) :: 1.7 Careers – ProgramTemplate

Careers

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

Physicists and Astronomers
$119,580
Biophysicists
$93,280

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Physics (BA/BS) :: 1.5 Alumni Profiles

Alumni Profiles

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Physics (BA/BS) :: 1.8 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Internship opportunities

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 Career Development and offer opportunities for A&M-Commerce physics students.

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Physics (BA/BS) :: 1.11 WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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What You Will Learn

Work with faculty who are active researchers in nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, organic semiconductor physics, astronomy and astrophysics, and physics education research. You can also take advantage of facilities including our Organic Semiconductor Physics Laboratory, Surface Physics Laboratory, Campus Observatory and research grade telescopes. Located in Arizona, Chile and on the island of La Palma, these telescopes are available via our membership in the SARA Telescope Consortium.

Courses to Prepare You for Your Career

  • Foundation courses including Calculus, University Physics and Chemistry
  • Core courses including Computational Physics, Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering, Classical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics
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Physics (BA/BS) :: 1.12 FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Animal Science (BA/BS) :: Program Costs 1.13a ReadyToEdit

Program Costs

As of Fall 2019, tuition and fees for an undergraduate student taking 15 credit hours through our 1 Year Optional Rate Plan is $4,478.52 for a Texas resident and $10,808.52 for a non-Texas resident. However, rates do change based on the number of credit hours taken, payment plan used and other factors.

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Physics (BA/BS) :: 1.14aa Staff

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Department of Physics and Astronomy :: Contact

Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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Physics (BA/BS) :: 1.14 RELATED DEGREE PROGRAMS

Related Degree Programs

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